by John Binder | June 6, 2015 10:07 am
A Cincinnati man was brutally beaten up by three males and two women all because he wanted to turn his home into a community center for his local area in order to benefit neighbors.
Ronald Moon Jr. posted a video that has gone viral on Youtube, showing his bruised and bloody face after being beaten outside of his family home. Moon simply wants to create a center for neighbors to gather in his poverty and crime-stricken area, but that has obviously driven others to violence.
“I’m just trying to do the best I can for my people,” he said.
“I’m tired of seeing this hurt. I kept asking them, ‘Why?’ I kept asking them, ‘Why, why?’ They couldn’t say,” Moon said of his attackers. “They don’t know.”
“Don’t doubt what you hear and what you see other black people tell you,” he continued. “Don’t doubt it, because it’s real. The pain we feel is real. The hurt we feel is real.”
Despite his wounds and his heart-rending story, Moon remains optimistic. “But I still love all, all of my people. I love everyone.”
Since being uploaded to YouTube, and later Reddit, the video has amassed almost 600,000 views and thousands of comments. Moon has since set up an online GoFundMe fundraising page.
The page has raised $40,325 in the past 17 hours. Many have reached out to support Moon in his dream of funding a community center, offering teaching services, donating money or praising his efforts.
“I am in good health and my wounds will heal in time,” he wrote on the page.
The saddest part of Moon’s story is his aspiration to create a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to help his area, but in the process, he is beaten up for identifying problems and seeking to take action.
Incidents like these are similar to those in Baltimore and Detroit, where urban communities turn on their own when someone dares to try and change the community, rather than sticking with a victim mentality and blaming others, like the police.
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