Obama urges young blacks to feel hopeful amid protests. Obama personally thanked protesters in the streets and said that “he feels change is coming”.
Obama urges young blacks “to feel hopeful even as you may feel angry”. He thanked protesters in the streets personally and in a hopeful speech he said, change is coming.
Obama cheered the protesters throughout the online event and urged them to keep going.
“I know enough about that history to say: There is something different here,” Obama said, referring to the protests of the 1960s. “You look at those protests, and that was a far more representative cross-section of America out on the streets, peacefully protesting, who felt moved to do something because of the injustices that they have seen. That didn’t exist back in the 1960s, that kind of broad coalition.”
Obama has been using multiple social media platforms to comment on the protests and incidents happening in the US due to the alleged death of George Floyd.
“Now I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country who … have witnessed too much violence and too much death, and too often some of that violence has come from folks who were supposed to be serving and protecting you,” Obama said. “I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter.”