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Kevin Bacon Says It's Time for 'Old White Guys Like Me' to Shut Up & Listen (Video)

Kevin Bacon Says It's Time for 'Old White Guys Like Me' to Shut Up & Listen (Video)

Kevin Bacon is listening.

The 61-year-old Hollow Man actor spoke out amid global Black Lives Matter protests condemning systemic racism and police brutality on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday (June 12).

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“For an old guy like me, I was born in 1958, and to witness the passion of the young people across the world for social justice, it leaves me speechless, which is probably a good idea, because I think it’s a good time for old white guys like me to just shut up and listen. So speechless is probably a good choice,” he said during his appearance.

“I mean, I really have been trying to take this as a time to first admit that I don’t have a full understanding of the life experience of people that are different than me. And I will never have a full understanding of that,” he continued.

“I’ll tell you Jimmy, I’m one of those people, like, when I was a kid I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew everything about acting, everything about music, everything about politics, everything about people,” he added. “I thought I could always understand what it was like to be other people. I had a lot of compassion. And basically I just thought I knew it all. I was a know-it-all. And the older I’ve gotten the more I realized how much there is still to learn.”

Here are Black Lives Matter resources and ways to help.

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