President Bush: Floyd Protests Call to Examine Nation's Failures

President George W. Bush on Jan. 15 2009

While noting that "looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress", Bush said the "tragedy" of Floyd's death "raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?"

The South African government says it has observed the protests in the US following the tragic death of George Floyd, and calls on all in America - especially the security forces - to exercise maximum restraint in responding to the anger and frustration felt by many of its citizens, friends and worldwide partners.

"Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America - or how it becomes a better place", he added.

"As a labor union that represents Black members and people of color of all ethnicities, we have an ethical duty to do everything we can to root out racism in our communities, our homes, and our workplaces, once and for all", the union said.

The former president also called it a "shocking failure" in the United States that many African Americans are still harassed and threatened, and called on Americans to start a "courageous and creative effort" on inequality.

Former president Jimmy Carter said that more should be done to address the racially discriminatory police and justice system, in a statement on Wednesday.

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"America's greatest challenge has always been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity". The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once almost split the country, still threatens our Union, he said. "We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is". The heroes of America - from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. - are heroes of unity.

"Their calling has never been for the fainthearted".

Without mentioning the president by name, Bush suggested it was out of step with the country's values to have driven protesters from Lafayette Square across from the White House on Monday just before Trump walked through for a photo opportunity.

Clooney said that "the anger and the frustration we see playing out once again in our streets" serves as a reminder of "how little we've grown as a country from our original sin of slavery. We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers", the -year-old actor and activist wrote in the essay published by The Daily Beast. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means.

"The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists", he said at the time.

The rule of law, he continued, "depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system", and asserted that Americans "love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion". The way of empathy and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice, George Bush said. "If my mom and my dad were alive, then it is recent enough for me to say there was a problem, we have gotten better, but the incremental change is why people are so angry right now".



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