George W. Bush says it remains a ‘shocking failure’ that African Americans are ‘harassed and threatened in their own country’

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  • Former President George W. Bush in a press release on Tuesday condemned the continued presence of racism within the US whereas urging People towards “looting” and “destruction.” 
  • Bush’s assertion got here amid ongoing, nationwide protests over the demise of George Floyd. 
  • Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneappolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes. 
  • “It stays a stunning failure that many African People, particularly younger African American males, are harassed and threatened in their very own nation,” Bush mentioned.

Former President George W. Bush on Tuesday spoke out towards systemic racism and America’s “tragic failures” in a statement concerning the demise of George Floyd and subsequent, nationwide protests. 

“Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and worry that suffocate our nation. But we’ve got resisted the urge to talk out, as a result of this isn’t the time for us to lecture. It’s time for us to hear. It’s time for America to look at our tragic failures – and as we do, we may also see a few of our redeeming strengths,” Bush mentioned within the assertion. 

Floyd, a black man, died final week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for roughly eight minutes. The disturbing incident, caught on video, sparked outrage throughout the nation. There have been protests over Floyd’s demise, and police brutality extra usually, in nearly each main metropolis over the course of the previous week. 

“It stays a stunning failure that many African People, particularly younger African American males, are harassed and threatened in their very own nation,” Bush mentioned. “It’s a energy when protesters, protected by accountable regulation enforcement, march for a greater future.”

“How will we finish systemic racism in our society? The one strategy to see ourselves in a real gentle is to hearken to the voices of so many who’re hurting and grieving,” the previous president added. “Those that got down to silence these voices don’t perceive the which means of America — or the way it turns into a greater place.”

Bush mentioned the “doctrine and habits of racial superiority” nonetheless threatens the nation.  

Lots of those that’ve participated within the George Floyd protests have executed so peacefully, however the demonstrations have additionally turned violent at occasions and seen each looting and rioting. In the meantime, as People protest police brutality, regulation enforcement throughout the nation have been recorded responding to the demonstrations with brutal power, together with the usage of tear fuel, batons, and rubber bullets. 

Bush’s assertion got here a day after peaceable protesters had been tear-gassed outdoors of the White Home to clear the best way for President Donald Trump to take a photo at a nearby church, in a transfer that has sparked widespread criticism of the Trump administration. Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the US army if states are unable to quell the dissaray on their very own. 

In his assertion, Bush mentioned that many have “good cause” to doubt the “justice of our nation,” as he concurrently urged towards rioting and violence. 

“Looting isn’t liberation, and destruction isn’t progress,” Bush mentioned. “However we additionally know that lasting peace in our communities requires actually equal justice. The rule of regulation in the end is determined by the equity and legitimacy of the authorized system. And reaching justice for all is the obligation of all.”

Former President Barack Obama additionally just lately launched a press release on Floyd’s demise and the associated unrest, providing ideas on how the nation can progress shifting ahead. 

“Once we take into consideration politics, lots of us focus solely on the presidency and the federal authorities,” Obama wrote. “However the elected officers who matter most in reforming police departments and the felony justice system work on the state and native ranges.”

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