Citizens, got here to Mauer Park, to examine and to take pictures in entrance of the mural of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis of USA on Monday evening, on May 29, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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Former President Barack Obama stated Friday that the death of black man at the hands of the Minneapolis police, and the continued disparate therapy of different blacks and minorities in the United States, “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.”
“It can’t be ‘normal,'” Obama wrote in a Twitter submit.
“If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better,” wrote Obama, who’s the one black individual elected to the White House.
The tweeted assertion got here as protests continued in Minneapolis over the death Monday of George Floyd, who in a video of his arrest in Minneapolis can be heard telling cops, repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.”
A white officer, Derek Chauvin, held Floyd down by urgent a knee into his neck.
Chauvin and the opposite three officers concerned in the incident had been fired Tuesday. On Friday afternoon, after Obama’s tweet, Chauvin was arrested in connection with Floyd’s death.
Obama’s tweet referenced a widely publicized and controversial incident in February in which an unarmed black man in Georgia named Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot by one of two white men chasing him as he ran down a avenue.
The submit additionally cited an incident from final weekend in which a white girl in Manhattan referred to as police and stated that she was being threatened by a black man who had asked her to leash her dog as he bird-watched in Central Park.
Obama wrote that he obtained an e-mail from an African American businessman who informed him that, “I cried when I saw that video” of a cop utilizing his knee to carry Floyd in place by the neck.
“It broke me down,” the businessman wrote, in response to Obama. “The ‘knee on the neck’ is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don’t care. Truly tragic.”
Obama wrote that he and “millions of others” shared an “anguish” over the death of Floyd and different such incidents.
“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” Obama wrote.
“But 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.”
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.”
Obama wrote that it’ll be largely as much as Minnesota officers to be sure that Floyd’s death is absolutely investigated, and “that justice is ultimately done.”
“But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”
Earlier Friday, Joe Biden, who was Obama’s vp, blasted President Donald Trump for a tweet that threatened to ship National Guard troops to cope with protesters in Minneapolis and warned that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee this year, stated he was “furious” over Trump “calling for violence against American citizens.”
“Enough,” wrote Biden.