A man named Ronald Moon, Jr. posted a heartbreaking video to YouTube Wednesday after he'd been beaten up at the house he's been trying to convert to a community center. He was brought to tears while recounting his efforts and running into the people who had repeatedly broken into the house. They beat him up brutally, leaving fresh wounds that cover his face and upper torso, but his greatest pain was emotional. "Don't doubt what you hear and what you see other black people tell you," Moon said. "The pain we feel is real. But I still love all my people."

Within hours the video garnered tens of thousands of views, and it currently has more than 704,000. He started a GoFundMe campaign for his community center that the Internet has rallied behind to raise more than $45,000 in less than a day. The money should help his plans finally come to fruition, which include:

  • Regular open discussions
  • Story telling
  • Poetry and creative writing
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Dance
  • Craft and jewelry making
  • Carpentry
  • Tailoring
  • Gardening
  • Plumbing
  • Recording and music engineering
  • Cultural education
  • Computing