Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday.
In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd’s death.
He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.
“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 do better.”
Obama, who is biracial, said the country must commit to improved racial relations.
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020