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Obama urges Americans to make "real change" in wake of George Floyd's death

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    Obama Voices Support for George Floyd Protesters and Calls for Police Reform Obama urges Americans to make "real change" in wake of George Floyd's death
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President Obama encouraged Americans to make "real change" in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of protests. Obama Voices Support for George Floyd Protesters and Calls for Police Reform

"As tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult, scary and uncertain as they've been, they have also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened," the former president said at a virtual event hosted by My Brother's Keeper Alliance Wednesday afternoon. It's a moment to "change America and make it live up to its highest ideals," he continued.

"What has happened over the last several weeks is - challenges and structural problems here in the United States have been thrown into high relief," Mr. Obama said. "They are the outcomes not just of the immediate moments in time, but they're the result of a long history of slavery and Jim Crow and redlining and institutionalized racism that too often have been the plague, the original sin of our society."

“For those who have been talking about protest, just remember that this country was founded on protest — it is called the American Revolution,” said Mr. Obama, speaking from his home in Washington. He made the comments during an online round-table event with his former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and activists from Minneapolis sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit group Mr. Obama founded.

“Every step of progress in this country, every expansion of freedom, every expression of our deepest ideals have been won through efforts that made the status quo uncomfortable,” said Mr. Obama, who avoided criticizing Mr. Trump directly. “And we should all be thankful for folks who are willing, in a peaceful, disciplined way, to be out there making a difference.”