Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $200,000 to NAACP Legal Defense Fund

June 1, 2020

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are taking action amid the protests against police brutality.

The married couple reported on Instagram that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

"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," they wrote in their post, which was posted on both of their accounts.

Both Reynolds and Lively said that they could not imagine feeling that kind of anger and fear.

Lively added that the two "want to educate ourselves about other people's experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it, especially our own complicity."

She wrote that the couple's donation is "just a start" and that they want to use their "privilege and platform to be an ally. And play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them."

Protests across the nation have escalated due to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pinned down by a white officer.

Floyd's death sparked anger around the country and ignited days of protests. Derek Chauvin, the suspect who appears to kneel his full weight on George Floyd's neck while he begged for help, gasping that he couldn't breathe, was charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.

Former President Obama and other high-profile athletes and actors turned to social media to voice their outrage over Floyd's death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, and Ben Schwartz have set up and begun donating to a fund to help bail out Minneapolis protesters.

Reese Witherspoon revealed that she had a meaningful conversation with her son, Tennessee.

The actress wants parents to talk to their children about racism, hate, and privilege after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody this week in Minneapolis.

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