Washington DC: Former US President Obama condemned the violence at the protest over the death of George Floyd.
Obama tweeted that the protests represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system. We should condemn the few who resort to violence–not the overwhelming majority who deserve our respect and support.
In addition to this, he added that the point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable. But eventually, we have to translate those aspirations into specific laws and institutional practices.
Furtherly, he said that the more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away.