A man’s online video has gone viral after he questioned why the Black Lives Matter movement has done nothing to help flood relief efforts in Louisiana.
Jerry L. Washington of Baton Rouge, also known as “Jiggy Black,” became an Internet sensation when he asked where groups such as BLM and the Black Panthers were when tragedy struck the predominantly African-American city.
“Where are the Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers?” Washington asks in the video. “Because I ain’t seen one Black Panther boat or one Black Lives Matter boat. All I see is our own people from our own city saving us.”
“All the drama that was going on with the Alton Sterling killing, they came out with guns ready to go to war. But here we go, all these people flooded out and truly in need of help and we can’t find not one of them,” Washington said.
“If y’all out there, where ya at? Where ya boats? Where ya money? Where ya food? Where ya services at? … Black Lives Matter: Obviously we must [not] matter too much, because I ain’t seen y’all yet, when we really need ya.”
Washington is also getting involved in the relief efforts himself.
He started up a campaign on GoFundMe to help those displaced in Baton Rouge by the flood.
From his GoFundMe campaign:
“We’re raising money to help get families back on track. For those who are in an unfortunate position and need help getting somewhere to stay. We vow to help as many people as possible and show you all proof as we go. Please show love and support by donating at least $1 and sharing this gofundmeaccount.”
Washington’s video had over 2.7 million views and almost 70,000 shares on Facebook at the time of publication.