- Dwayne Johnson voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a passionate message that also called out President Donald Trump.
- The Rock opened his speech by asking, “Where are you? Where is our leader at this time?”
- Johnson condemned the use of military force against peaceful protesters and called for the administration to listen to what the protesters have to say.
Dwayne Johnson used his social media platform on Wednesday night to discuss the ongoing protests and call out President Donald Trump.
The 48-year-old actor and former wrestler opened his speech by asking, “Where are you? Where is our leader at this time? At this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out just wanting to be heard.”
The ongoing protests against police brutality erupted nationwide after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
The Rock voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He then responded to people who kept responding with “All Lives Matter.”
“Of course all lives matter, every single one. All lives matter because we as Americans … believe in equality for all. That’s what we believe in. So of course all lives matter,” Johnson said.
“But in this moment right now, this defining, pivotal, explosive moment where our country is down on its knees, the floorboards of our country are becoming unhinged, in this moment, we must say the words, black lives matter,” he continued.
Johnson then condemned the president’s decision to deploy the military against protesters.
He acknowledged that military force against looters and criminals may be justified, but not against peaceful protesters — people “who are begging and pleading,” and “are in pain.”
Johnson called for the administration to listen to the protesters: “You would be surprised how people in pain would respond when you say, ‘I care about you.’ When you say to them, ‘I’m listening to you.'”
He then expressed his gratitude for all the countries that support the movement: “I want to take a moment right now to thank the world for standing up with us in our fight for equality, to normalize equality.”
He concluded his message by calling on his fellow Americans to be their own leaders.
Johnson declared, “As we continue to wait for that leader to emerge, I would recommend to all of you that we must become the leaders we’re looking for. We become our own leaders because we’re doing it now. The process to change has already begun. You can feel it.”