Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram to talk about racial injustice in the United States of America and called out a lack of leadership in this time of need.
“Where are you? Where is our leader? 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, with its arms out…just wanting to be heard. Begging and pleading for change. Where are you? Where is our compassionate leader who is going to step up to our country, down on its knees, extend a hand and say, ‘stand up with me. I got you. I hear you. I’m listening to you. You have my word that I will do everything in my power, to my dying breath, to create the change that is needed. To normalize equality because Black Lives Matter.’ Where are you? It’s that same compassionate leader who has to come back and re-address that country to give important context and perspective on the comments made. Of course all lives matter. Every single one, because we believe in inclusivity, acceptance, human rights, and equality for all. Of course all lives matter. But in this moment, this defining, pivotal, and explosive moment, we must say the words Black Lives Matter. Where are you?
“Here’s what happens when you reach out to Americans who are in pain and they stand with you. The entire country stands and rises as well. There is a military force that has been deployed on our own people. Looters, yes. Criminals, absolutely. But our protestors, who are begging and pleading and in pain. You would be surprised how people in pain respond when you say, ‘I care about you. I’m listening. This is our country. You are all my people and I take full responsibility and accountability for something that has been hundreds of years of systemic disease. Why am I taking full accountability? Because I am your leader and I will do everything I can to make this right. You give me trust, time, effort, and love. I am right there with you. Together, we will make this right and create that change and normalize equality.’ You’d be surprised how Americans and human-beings would respond. We would rise up with you.”
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Our country is crippled and on its knees, begging to be heard and pleading for change. Where is our compassionate leader? The leader who unifies and inspires our country at our most painful time when we need it the most. The leader who steps up and takes full accountability for our country and embraces every color in it. The leader who picks our country up off its knees and says you have my word – we got this – and together, change will happen. Where are you? Because we’re all here. Maybe one day that galvanizing leader will emerge. Either way, the process to change has already begun. #normalizeequality #blacklivesmatter
Transcription courtesy of Fightful.