Dwayne Johnson Condemns Donald Trump In Powerful Black Lives Matter Speech
'The People's Champion' urged Americans to be the leaders they want to see, repeatedly asking the President, 'Where are you?'.
There have been protests across the US and the world since George Floyd died on 25 May. Harrowing footage showed the 46-year-old black man repeatedly saying he couldn't breathe as former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.
Chauvin has now been charged with second-degree murder, but Trump's response to protests and riots has incited anger, with many criticising his heavy-handed approach and seeming lack of empathy.
In an eight-minute video shared on Instagram, 48-year-old Johnson urged people to fight for equality in lieu of a 'compassionate leader'.
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He said: "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 normalise 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."
View this post on InstagramPast few days I've been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd's death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I've had cops in my family. Good men. And there's a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat, with your brothers in arms standing around watching and he struggles to say, "please I can't breathe" when your knee is on his neck.. not his back, but his neck - cutting off his air. Cop code must become moral code. Ethics code. HUMANITY code. Knowing that if you don't ease up, then that man is going to die. So when you decide to not ease up, your intention is to kill. And that's what this was. George Floyd, said "officer I can't breathe" as he struggled for air. He said these words a total of 15 times. Not once. Not twice. 15 times. These officers will be charged, I'm positive of that. Held accountable. But then where's the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality. I'm so sorry to the Floyd family. My heart breaks for you. Let the process begin now. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #NormalizeEquality
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He continued: "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? 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."
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