“So, on Saturday, I posted a blackout of my social media channels and just posted BLM. And a lot of folks responded ‘all lives matter.’ And I want to talk about that a little bit because I don’t think that the people posting ‘all lives matter’ should be canceled. I think they should be educated,” the actor, 42, said in the video, which he shared via Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, June 3.
“We all agree all lives matter, but I had a really poignant experience tonight when I was putting my kids down to bed that lent the words for why black lives matter,” he continued. “Usually, Mila [Kunis] and I put our kids to bed, we read them a book, and our daughter [Wyatt] always gets to go first. And tonight, as we were reading her book, my son [Dimitri] says, ‘Wait, why don’t I get to go first?’ And Mila said, ‘‘Cause girls go first.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, but boys go first.’ And I looked at him and I said, ‘No, girls go first.’ And I said, ‘You know why girls go first? For you and me, girls go first. And the reason why is, for some boys, girls don’t get a go at all. And so for you and me, girls go first.’”
Kutcher started to get choked up as he told his social media followers that “for some people, black lives don’t matter.” He added, “For us, black lives matter. So while you may have the best intentions in saying ‘all lives matter,’ remember, for some people, black lives don’t matter at all.”
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) June 3, 2020
Floyd died at the age of 46 on May 25 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the unarmed black man’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Bystander videos of Floyd crying out, “I can’t breathe” quickly spread on social media and led to demonstrations and protests against racism and police brutality. Chauvin, 44, who was fired alongside three other officers, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd’s autopsy classified his death as a homicide.
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