Sleepy Hollow actor Orlando Jones is putting a new spin on the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
After promising to donate his $100 to the ALS Association, he proceeds to pour not ice, but shell casings over his head to represent all those lives cut short by bullets.
"This week, I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone," Jones notes. "What's happening in Ferguson looks like a copycat because we've seen it in so many other cities around the world. It's an us-versus-them mentality. … It all stems from a militarized police force threatening the right of people to assemble."
Lest he be immediately pegged as a Hollywood liberal, the Alabama native makes a somewhat surprising revelation: "I'm a lifetime member of the NRA and an active member of the great state of Louisiana's police force … so I'm not pointing a finger at anybody but myself." He explained the reason behind his membership to Fusion.net:
"I had a cross burned in my front yard when I was in the 6th grade. I grew up in the Deep South and I have a very intimate relationship with race. My father carried a gun. Did he carry it because he was some thug or anarchist or wanted to hurt people? No, he wanted to protect his family. For me, I became a member (of the NRA) because I wanted to affect change in the organization. Do I share all of their ideals? No. I'm not a monolith in culture. I don't agree with all black people on everything either. I'm a complex person and I wanted to make that point."
So what is his challenge? "To listen without prejudice. To love without limits and to reverse the hate."