"Some might say this is not a time to rejoice," Schwarzenegger 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," he continued, referring to George Floyd.
Schwarzenegger praised the Founding Fathers for establishing America and called their vision for the country — which is based on democracy and equal rights — "perfect," but also acknowledged their link to racism.
"Slavery and racism are incompatible with freedom," he said.
Schwarzenegger also acknowledged the pain of protestors who are calling for African American rights and urged the country to respond with "meaningful change."