Actor Dwayne Johnson has called out President Donald Trump in a video, urging the United States leader to step up with the right response amid the George Floyd protests.
The Jumanji star showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and questioned President Trump’s lack of leadership at a time when the nation was on its knees.
Johnson asks, “Where are you? Where is our leader? Where is our leader at this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain with its arms out, just wanting to be heard?”
In the video clip which 8 minutes and 25 seconds, the actor repeatedly asks the question, “Where are you?”, obviously fed up with the president’s attitude towards the protests resulting from the death of George Floyd.
Floyd was killed by Officer Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis cop who kept his knee on the back of the black American’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder.
Johnson says in the video:
Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalize equality because Black lives matter.’ Where are you?
Of course, all lives matter, but in this moment right now, this defining, pivotal, explosive moment where our country is down on its knees…we must say the words: Black lives matter.
We must become the leaders we are looking for. I’ll ask it one more time: Where are you? Where is that compassionate leader who steps up and takes accountability for his country and all the people in our country?” Johnson says. “Where are you? I’ll tell you what, we’re here. We’re all here. The process to change has already begun. You can feel it across our country. Change is happening. It’s going to take time. We’re going to get beat up. We’re going to take our lumps. There’s going to be blood, but the process of change has already begun.”
See the video below:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 4, 2020
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