Obama responds to George Floyd killing in Minneapolis: ‘This shouldn’t be normal in 2020 America’

Former President Barack Obama put out a statement on George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned down by police in Minneapolis.

Obama, 58,  released a statement via his Twitter page, saying it “cannot be normal” in 2020 and urged the Minnesota authorities to ‘ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly’.

“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’,” Mr Obama wrote.

The former president cites examples of incidents when people have been treated differently because of their race — “dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park”.

He continues: “This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal’. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”

Obama added that he shared the anguish of millions of others over Floyd’s death and expected officials would investigate the case thoroughly and that “justice would ultimately” be done.

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