Issa Rae has established a scholarship fund for the children of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police outside a Louisiana convenience store early Tuesday.
Rae, the creator of the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and the upcoming HBO comedy Insecure, wrote on Twitter, “Some of us feel helpless when these things happen,” but the fund is “a small step.”
Within six hours of the fund’s creation on GoFundMe, it had more than doubled its original $40,000 goal, and a new goal was set at $200,000. Rae, who does not have a formal relationship to the Sterling family, wrote in an update that she was able to reach the family’s attorney and would follow up on Thursday.
A father of five, Sterling was killed in an encounter with two white officers who were responding to an anonymous call about an armed man. In an altercation partly captured on video, Sterling was pinned to the ground and shot multiple times in the chest and back. The shooting ignited protests that have drawn national attention, and the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation.