In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, former President Barack Obama issued a letter calling for racial justice. Obama’s letter comes hours after Donald Trump doubled down on his call to shoot looters in Minneapolis.
Obama discussed the grief being felt within the black community over Floyd’s death in his letter.
He then said that Floyd’s death was just part of the struggles faced by black Americans every day.
“We have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park,” he said.
Obama then declared that these problems “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America” and he issued a call to “work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment not longer infects our institutions and our hearts.”
You can read Obama’s entire statement below:
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020