Dwayne Johnson Suggests What the President Should Say to George Floyd Protestors
As protests against the death of George Floyd continue in major cities across the U.S., Dwayne Johnson posted a video supporting the protests and encouraging people to continue to fight. Johnson posted his video on June 3, during which he called out Donald Trump without using his name.
Johnson simply suggested what a president should say at a time like this. Johnson offered a script for any leader to follow. You can read what Johnson said and watch the full video below.
Dwayne Johnsons says this would do more good than the National Guard
Johnson commented on the deployment of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C. and other cities. He understands there is danger of violence, but feels there is a more compassionate way to de-escalate.
“There is military force that has been deployed on our own people,” Johnson said. “Looters, yes. Criminals, absolutely. But our protestors who are begging and pleading, our protestors who are in pain, you would be surprised how people in pain would respond when you say to them, ‘I care about you.’ When you say to them, ‘I’m listening to you,’ you’d be surprised how people would respond.”
Dwyayne Johnson says the President should take accountability for the violence
Johnson’s suggestion is that the President should take accountability for the current violence. He’s aware that’s a big ask, for one leader to take responsibility for centuries of oppression and violence before his time.
If you say to them, ‘I care about you. I’m listening to you. This is our country. You are all my people and I take full responsibility and full accountability for something that has been hundreds of years of systemic diseas. Why am I taking full accountability? Because I am your leader. I’m your leader and I’m going to do everything I can to make this right. I tell you what, you give me some trust, you give me some time, you give me some effort, you give me some love, I’m right there with you and together we’re going to make this right. Together, we’re going to create that change. Together, we’re going to normalize equality. We’re going to do it but we’re going to do it together.’ You’d be surprised how Americans and how human beings would respond.Dwayne Johnson video, 6/3/2020
There’s no need to fear taking responsibilty
Perhaps Johnson suspects certain leaders are loathe to take accountability for anything, let alone things that began before they were even born. He wants to assure them that accountability does not result in punishment or undermining their authority. In fact, the result is the complete opposite.
“They would rise up with you,” Johnson said. “We would rise up with you. The world would rise up with you.”
Johnson used his celebrity platform to send this message. That makes him a leader in his community.
“I’m not a politician and I’ve never, clearly, been elected to office and I’m not the President of the United States,” Johnson said. ”But I am a man and I am a father who cares so deeply about my family, about my children and the world that they will live in. I care so deeply about our country and every single person in it. That’s who I am. I am a man who is frustrated. I’m disappointed. I’m angry but I’m also doing my best to stay focused and as calm as I can possibly be in the pocket to make the best decisions for my family and make the best decisions for our country.”