Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson asked “where is our compassionate leader” in a heartfelt video in which he declared that “our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain” following the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that have erupted nationwide.
“Where are you?” the wrestler-turned-actor repeatedly asked in the eight-minute video that he shared to Instagram on Wednesday, calling for a leader who shows empathy as “the floorboards of our country are becoming unhinged.”
Johnson acknowledged he is not a politician, but said he is “frustrated, disappointed and angry.”
He urged people to “become the leaders we’re looking for.”
In his caption of the clip, Johnson wondered where is 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,” he wrote. “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?” he asked. “Because we’re all here. Maybe one day that galvanizing leader will emerge. Either way, the process to change has already begun.”
He did not name President Donald Trump, who has faced widespread criticism over his violent rhetoric, calling protesters “THUGS” and threatening to use military force against demonstrators.
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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
Johnson last week condemned the death of Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck, in a heartfelt Instagram post in which he described racism and police violence as “our ongoing disease.”
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Past 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