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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Donate After Admitting 'Complicity'

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By A. Elise

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, both actors, have released statements about ongoing unrest and calls for justice in the wake of police brutality and racism.

Along with a statement acknowledging "blindness" to racial issues, Reynolds and Lively donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In 2012, Blakely and Reynolds were married on a former plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, they discuss how they are "ashamed" regarding how "uninformed" they were in the past. Their statement also alludes to wanting to make better decisions in the future.

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The couple posted the same message to Instagram. It began, "We 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."

They go on to say that they are "ashamed" they did not know how "deeply rooted systemic racism is." They say that they are teaching their children differently than the way they were taught.

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They go on to discuss their own "complicity" as well as "bias" and "mistakes." They claim they are examining themselves to have a better idea of "who [they] want to become."

Reynolds and Lively also assert that they want to be stronger allies for racial justice in the future. They also reference George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and others who have been killed.

The donation and statement come after calls for more celebrities to make statements and take a stand.

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Reynolds and Lively claim they made the donation last week, and they also reference the organization's leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. According to the couple, this is just the start.

They say that they "pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election." They discuss the importance of voting for positions like sheriffs, mayors, and city council members.

They provide actionable steps, including signing petitions, calling representatives, and more. They encourage their followers to become allies and donate time, money, and their votes.

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Reynolds and Lively have three children, ages 5, 3, and 1. The couple is relatively private, but they do make statements on social media as they feel they are necessary.

For instance, they made a statement about the impact of COVID-19 just weeks ago. In that statement, they donated $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. They encouraged others to stay connected while also social distancing.

Reynolds and Lively are just two of the many celebrities making monetary donations and hitting the streets to protest.

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