America’s first black President, Barack Obama has again spoken out amid ongoing protest and calls for justice in the death of George Floyd, who died last week, while being detained by Minneapolis police. “Let’s not excuse violence, or rationalise it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code, ourselves,” he wrote in an essay on Medium.
The former President pinpointed key moves that must be made to institute change- namely, the installation of “a President, a Congress, a US Justice Department and a federal judiciary that actually recognise the ongoing , corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it,” he wrote.
Mr. Obama made it clear that if real change is to attained, the choice isn’t between protest and politics, but rather both must be used. He added that there must be mobilisation to raise awareness and there must be voting to ensure that the right candidates are elected who will act on reform.