Former President George W. Bush has issued a statement on George Floyd’s death.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 2, 2020
Per Yahoo, former president George W. Bush called on the US Tuesday to take a hard look at its “tragic failures,” citing racial injustice in America in a statement addressing protests which have roiled the country over the past week.
“It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country,” Bush said in the statement expressing anguish over the death of George Floyd, suffocated beneath the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25.
The killing has unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the US since the 1968 assassination of rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
“This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?” Bush, who was president from 2001-2009, wrote.
“It is time for America to examine our tragic failures,” he stated.