Dwayne Johnson seemingly called out President Donald Trump in a powerful Instagram video on Wednesday night. In the eight-minute clip, the 48-year-old actor and father of three called for a "compassionate leader" to step up and unify our country in the midst of all the protests happening across the country and the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
"Where is our leader 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?" Dwayne began the video without specifically naming the president. "Where are you? Because here's what happens when you extend a hand and you reach out to Americans who are in pain and they stand with you. Here's what happens: the entire country stands and rises as well."
Dwayne also appeared to reference how former President Barack Obama has been using his platform to address the pain of the nation and offer a sense of hope to Americans. "It's that same compassionate leader that has to come back and readdress the country to give important context to give important perspective on the comments that were just made," he said. "In this moment, we must say the words 'Black lives matter.'"
"We see you, we thank you, we love you."
The actor concluded the video by expressing his gratitude to everyone fighting against racial injustice and demanding change. "I want to take a moment right now to thank the world for standing up with us in our fight for equality — to normalise equality. I want to thank all these countries around the world, incredible, inspiring, beautiful displays of solidarity. And I want you to know something . . . don't think for a second that we don't see you. We see you. We see you, we thank you, we love you," he said. "As we continue to wait for that leader to emerge, I 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, we're doing it now. We must become the leaders we are looking for."
George was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 when police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck to pin him down for almost nine minutes even as he said he couldn't breathe. Four days later, the officer was arrested and charged with third-degree murder, and on Wednesday, the charges were increased to second-degree murder and the three other officers involved were formally charged.