“The events in our country are as profound as anything I’ve ever seen in my life”: Barack Obama praises peaceful protests, calls on mayors to act against police brutality, and tells young people of color “your life is important, your dreams are important ‘during his speech to the nation
President Barack Obama has applauded young people for leading the fight against racism in America, calling on mayors across the country to review their “use of violence” and commit to reform.
The former president spoke at a virtual city hall, hosted by the Obama Foundation, on Wednesday amid ongoing protests following the death of black man George Floyd.
“We’ve seen the kind of epic changes and events in our country in recent weeks and months that are as profound as I’ve seen in my life,” he said.
Obama addressed the nation and delivered a message to people of color in a virtual city hall on Wednesday
“In some ways, as tragic as the past few weeks, as difficult, scary, and insecure as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to wake up.”
Obama also sent a direct message to people of color saying, “I want you to know you matter. I want you to know that your life matters, that your dreams matter. ‘
“I see boundless opportunities that deserve to thrive, that you should be able to learn and make mistakes and live the life of joy without worrying about what happens when you walk to the store or jog and ride down the street or watch some birds in a park. ‘