Schwarzenegger: US must work toward more equitable 'American dream'
© Greg Nash

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) posted a video commemorating Independence Day on Twitter on Saturday, saying that American dream must be “as true for a Black child born in Minneapolis as it was for a white bodybuilder born in Austria.”

“Some might say this is not a time to rejoice,” the action star said. “We have Americans that cannot breathe, except on ventilators. Who cannot breathe because of a knee on their neck, because of oppression and racism.”

Schwarzenegger was referring to George Floyd, a Black man who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes. His death sparked ongoing protests in the U.S. as activists call for police reform and solutions to systemic racism. 

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Schwarzenegger described moving to the U.S. decades and his work becoming a body-builder, actor and governor of the most populous state in America.

“And yet, let me tell you why this immigrant has hope,” he said. “...When I came to this country, I had no money. I had absolutely nothing… As long as I live, I will never forget the day when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship."