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Watch this powerful #BlackLivesMatter Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge just got serious.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Nov 10, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 8:52 pm CST

With half of America reeling over the election of Donald Trump, there are more important things to worry about than the latest viral video trend. The Mannequin Challenge, which was going strong earlier this week, seems to be (sorry) frozen in its tracks. But not every Mannequin Challenge is a joke; the best one yet is serious as hell.

The typical mannequin challenge is set to Rae Sremmurd’s song of the year, “Black Beatles,” but this one uses audio from police abuses of unarmed black people. We hear the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the arrest of Sandra Bland, then the killing of Trayvon Martin by an armed vigilante. The participants reenact the events in a frozen tableau. 

The result is startling, especially in contrast to the goofy, lighthearted Mannequin Challenges that were making the rounds earlier this week. 

The video has been shared more than 100,000 times in less than a day. The message is clear: black lives don’t stop mattering just because America elected a president who had next to no support from black Americans

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2016, 2:42 pm CST