George Clooney has high hopes for America’s future despite his acknowledgment of his glaring failures.
The Kentucky-born actor spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of his homeland, reportedly living in Italy with his wife Amal Clooney and their twins in recent years.
The 59-year-old has been chosen as one of People magazine’s “People of the Year” and in his celebration issue, the award-winning actor got into politics while reflecting on the eventful year of 2020 given the presidential election and national protests against racial inequalities. amid George Floyd’s death in May and the coronavirus pandemic.
Clooney, who noted he was growing up in the southern 1960s when dead like Martin Luther King and Bobby and Jack Kennedy rocked the nation, discussed the importance of being active and vocal in the face of inequality.
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“You had to be involved. My mom and dad were involved, and we were [taught] it’s your civic duty, “Clooney told the outlet.” I remember my dad saying, ‘Don’t come back and look me in the eye unless [bullies and racists]”. I am happy to have been brought up this way.
Clooney then shared his belief that America has a positive future.
“I am still optimistic for this country. We fail a lot, but I’ve been to so many countries that are truly failed states and they are relying on this country for leadership, ”he said.
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Clooney went on to say that the United States had “missed a lot” in the past. He said that racial inequality is the “great original sin of the land”. Earlier this year, the icon wrote an essay on systemic racism in America, calling it the country’s other “pandemic”.
“Obviously, the one we’ve been the worst in – but we’re constantly trying to find a more perfect union… You can’t give up,” he said. “I believe in the American spirit. ”
The father-of-two also explained that fatherhood is even more of a reason he won’t stop using his voice in the face of adversity.
“I’m in the same situation as most 3 year old dads: I don’t want my 15 year old kids to turn around and say, ‘There was a time when they put kids in cages? … And what did you do about it? “And if the answer is ‘nothing’, I would be ashamed. ”
Earlier this year, the actor and director spoke out in favor of justice for Breonna Taylor and her family. Taylor, an emergency medical worker, has been shot and killed several times by officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation.
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When Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned state citizens not to listen to the outside influence of celebrities commenting on the grand jury’s decision not to lay homicide charges against the three Louisville cops involved in Taylor’s death, Clooney clapped.
In a statement to Deadline, he said: “The legal system I was raised to believe in holds people accountable for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot in her bed by 3 white policemen, who never charged with any felony for her death. I know the community. I know the Commonwealth. And I learned in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I am ashamed of this decision. ”
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Again this year, Clooney also began funding various organizations in the wake of Floyd’s death and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to People, the actor donated $ 500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative and $ 1 million for coronavirus responses in Los Angeles, Italy and London. He also helped finance aid to Lebanese charities after the deadly explosion in Beirut.