Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are using their platform to better the world.
Sunday on Instagram, the actor and the actress released a joint statement posted on both of their pages announcing that they have donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Per its website, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.”
In their message, Lively and Reynolds acknowledge their “privilege,” particularly when it comes to raising their three daughters, including James, 5, and Inez, 3.
“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. “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.”
While admitting to their own “bias, blindness, and our own mistakes,” the married couple “want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it.”
“We are 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,” they continued. “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.”
In addition to their donation, Lively and Reynolds vow to “vote in every local election” and to “know the positions” of local school and government officials.
“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,” they added.
In March, the two — who tied the knot in 2012 — announced they donated $1 million to be split between hunger relief organizations Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.