‘Gossip Girl‘ star Blake Lively and her husband ‘Deadpool‘ star Ryan Reynolds announced that they had donated $200K to one of the leading United States civil rights organizations, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, through a touching statement on Instagram, after the devastating death of George Floyd.
The couple pointed out the racist attacks, which have led many innocent people to die for centuries, have come from lack of proper education. Because of that, they contributed to this education organization to raise the children anti-racist and keep them educated.
While giving the news, the couple used the following statements:
“We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past, we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
After they criticized the systemic racism, commemorated the victims of racism:
“We’re committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously. It’s the least we can do to honor not just George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, but all the black men and women who have been killed when a camera wasn’t rolling.”
Then, the couple mentioned the donation they had done and its aim:
“Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just the start. We also pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election. We want to know the positions of school board nominees, sheriffs, mayors, councilpersons. We want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, we want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them.”
Lively and Reynolds concluded their words by encouraging their followers to donate.
Below you can find the original Instagram post and read the full text.