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Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2020

Racism cannot be ‘normal’ in US, Obama says of latest police killing

US President Donald Trump (L) and former president Barack Obama talk on the steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies, Washington, January 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Washington(ANN)- Former president Barack Obama said Friday he shared the “anguish” of millions of Americans over the death of a black man killed by police in Minnesota and that racism cannot be “normal” in the United States.

“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” Obama said of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd and several other recent racial incidents in the country.

“It can’t be ‘normal,'” the first African-American president of the United States said in a statement. “If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better.”

Floyd’s death on Monday sparked three nights of rioting in Minneapolis and protests against police brutality in other US cities.

Floyd, 46, died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than five minutes while he was handcuffed and on the ground.

In his statement, Obama referred to Floyd’s death but also two other high-profile recent racial incidents in the US, one involving a black jogger who was shot dead by two white men in Georgia and a black man who had a confrontation with a white woman while bird-watching in a park in New York.

“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” Obama said. “But we have to remember 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.”

Obama said Americans need “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.”

SOURCE:  (AFP)

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