Obama Returns With Inspirational Protest Message For Americans

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The United States has recently been thrown into intense turmoil after the police murder of a black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests have raged in cities across the United States, and during many of these protests, police officers have employed the exact same kind of violent harassment of civilians that sparked the demonstrations in the first place. As tension builds, former President Barack Obama spoke out this week with a carefully crafted outline of a plan for the road ahead. Imagine if the U.S. currently had a president who even tried to have a sense of the road ahead in the first place.

Obama shared on Twitter:

‘I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action.’

He included a link to an article that he wrote that outlines some key points that he believes are important for activists to keep in mind as they grapple with the death of George Floyd and the many other instances of systematic police brutality and racism around the country. Obama’s key points included the importance of sticking to a strong moral code and the importance of voting, especially in often underappreciated local elections that frequently decide who’s going to be on the actual front lines of government policing policy. He also noted the importance of careful strategizing in order to form demands that are as specific as possible. The specificity helps ensure, he noted, that officials can’t just offer lip service to the cause and then retreat.

Obama commented:

‘I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals. Let’s get to work.’

The contrast between that perspective and the inane nonsense from the current presidential administration couldn’t be more striking.

Check out Twitter’s response below:

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