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Dwayne Johnson shares impassioned statement supporting protests: "We must say the words Black Lives Matter”

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“Where are you?”

In an impassioned video shared to his social media accounts, Dwayne Johnson, eyes focused and blazing, wants to know where the leader is that this country needs right now. A “compassionate” leader, he emphasizes. One who will “normalize equality,” “give important context,” and take responsibility for the “hundreds of years of systemic disease” that’s spurred the masses to take to the streets protesting Black inequality and police brutality.

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Though he never mentions the name of a single politician, Johnson appears to be referencing the divisive words of President Donald Trump, who has tear-gassed peaceful protestors and advocated for military intervention in recent days, and House Democrats who’ve done little to address the demands of those marching.

“As we continue to wait for that leader to emerge,” Johnson says, “I recommend to all of you that we must become the leaders we’re looking for.”

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In the eight-minute clip, Johnson also emphasizes the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, and combats opposing cries of “all lives matter.”

“Of course ‘all lives matter’.Every single one,” he says.All lives matter because we, as Americans, we believe in inclusivity, we believe in acceptance, we believe in human rights, we believe in equality for all. That’s what we believe in. So of course all lives matter. But in this moment right now, this defining, pivotal, explosive moment where our country is down on its knees...in this moment, we must say the words ‘Black Lives Matter’.”

Johnson departs with a message of hope: “The process to change has already begun. You guys stay strong. We got this.”

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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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