Barack Obama Says George Floyd Protests Are a Chance for America to Be ‘Awakened’

Barack Obama Says George Floyd Protests Are a Chance for America to Be ‘Awakened’

6/4/2020 1:19:00 AM

Barack Obama Says George Floyd Protests Are a Chance for America to Be ‘Awakened’

Former President Barack Obama addressed the killing of George Floyd and the protests over police brutality that have swept across the U.S. on camera on Wednesday, saying that the demonstrations wer…

and the protests over police brutality that have swept across the U.S. on camera on Wednesday, saying that the demonstrations were an opportunity to “change America and make it live up to its highest ideals.”Floyd’s killing, along with the recent violent deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, are putting pressure on governments to implement meaningful reforms, Obama said. He suggested that cities and communities should review their “use-of-force policies.”

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“We are committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in the memory of your sons and daughters,” Obama said, in a direct message to the families of Floyd, Taylor and Arbery.Floyd was killed on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Taylor was killed shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March when officers executed a search warrant at her home. Arbery was shot while jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23 by two white men.

“As tragic as these past few weeks have been,” Obama said. “As difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened.”Related StoriesL.A. County Sets Later Curfew on WednesdayObama also said that the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color, have exposed inequities in the healthcare system. He noted that the recent weeks — ones characterized by pandemic, police violence, and mass demonstrations —  represent “the kind of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Obama’s remarks came as part of a virtual discussion, that featured activists and government leaders. The panel included Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus Youth Leader Playon Patrick. The event’s organizers began the discussion by noting that more than 1,000 people were killed by police last year, with Black people accounting for 24% of those killed, despite comprising 13% of the population.

Obama said he was particularly pleased that the demonstrations around the country have attracted so many young Americans and noted that young Black Americans have faced obstacles and dangers that other citizens do not.“You’ve witnessed too much violence, too much death, and too often some of that violence has come from folks who have been supposed to be serving and protecting,” said Obama, adding, “I want you to know that you matter, that your lives matter, that your dreams matter.”

Obama noted that the protests over Floyd’s death have drawn comparisons with the social uprisings of the 1960s. He said he believed that this social cause had more broad-based support than those earlier movements.“I know enough about that history to say: There is something different here,” Obama said. “You look at those protest and that was a far more representative cross section of America out on the streets, peacefully protesting, who felt moved to do something because of the injustices that they have seen. That didn’t exist back in the 1960s, that kind of broad collation.”

On Tuesday, Obama penned an essay addressing Floyd’s killing, in which he urged readers to get involved in the political process. Read more: Variety »

So 1992 means nothing to you? what about 1968? Thus woking it up!? I 💓B.O. Obama had eight years to solve the issue and he failed to do anything 1). What about DavidDorn 2). What criminal justice reform bills did you sign into law? Just like the change we got...we are awake all right That awakening should have taken place the day Donald Trump announced he was running for president. We won the popular vote in 2016 by millions of votes. This time there will be no escaping the will of the people. Vote2020. We are fully awake.

Can't you just come back. Like forever?

Barack Obama to make first on-screen comments on George FloydFormer President Obama to make his first on-screen comments about the killing of George Floyd while in police custody and subsequent unrest. Can't wait to hear what he accomplished. YES! Leadership! President Obama is my president. Chanting for change is not good enough. Demand specific changes in the law!

Barack Obama Gave a Moving Speech About George Floyd and the ProtestsSpeaking directly to young people of color, Obama said: 'I want you to know that your lives matter. Your dreams matter.'

Obama to discuss George Floyd death and policing in virtual town hall WednesdayFormer President Barack Obama plans to address in a virtual town hall Wednesday night the death of George Floyd, stressing the importance of 'ensuring that this moment becomes one for real change' and that the protests around the country lead to new policies, according to an Obama aide. Please remove “Former” from the headline. These moments didn’t qualify I suppose Will he also take questions on Obamagate? Please do your job.

Obama Will Address George Floyd Protests in Online Town HallThe former president, taking pains not to upstage Joe Biden, plans to echo essays he published recently urging protesters to channel their rage into political action and to embrace police reforms. MULTIVIEW PROTESTS LIVE - USA BLM BLACKLIVESMATTER My President! Ah the good old days when the President had an IQ larger than that of an Orange

Full video: Obama makes first on-camera remarks about George Floyd deathPresident Obama gave his first on-camera statement regarding George Floyd’s death and the subsequent nationwide protests that have followed during a virtual town hall hosted by My Brother's Keeper Alliance. BSNBC is having a jerking off moment. Can Obama also address why he increased the militarization of the police and used them to crack down on BLM, StandingRock , OccupyWallStreet ?

Barack Obama Weighs In on How To Bring About Real Change After George Floyd’s DeathBarack Obama Weighs In on How To Bring About Real Change After George Floyd's Death! (via JustJared) JustJared You had 8 years and did nothing. NOTHING. Shut up, pretender. JustJared JustJared He was president for 8 years. Now he wants to bring change.