Barack Obama has a “change of mentality” among American protesters

The former US president spoke with a video conference on Wednesday to emphasize that the motivation observed in recent days among anti-racist protesters may inspire a deeper change in the United States.

Barack Obama is more and more present on the public scene lately. On Wednesday, June 3, the former US president made a new appearance to welcome the “change of mindset” that Americans demonstrated against racism and police violence, which he believed could lead to reforms at the national level. .

Donald Trump’s predecessor also called on state and local authorities to review his use of force in his first video comments since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police on May 25.

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“It is very important for us to take this opportunity at this moment that has just been created as a society, as a country, and to use this to finally make an impact,” Barack Obama said during a conference call with activists. , provokes the thousands of people walking the streets to condemn police brutality, racism and social inequalities. “There is a change in mentality, a greater awareness that we can do better,” he added.

“Your lives matter”

Barack Obama, who is still very popular with Democrats, stressed that the current protests paint “a much more representative picture of America” ​​than civil rights in the 1960s. Young people were especially present and their motivation can inspire deeper change, Barack Obama said.

“I want you to know that you count. I want you to know that your lives matter, your dreams count,” he told the young blacks in the country he said were too many times. witnesses or victims of violence.

The former president also spoke to local elected officials. “I urge every mayor in this country to review their policies on the use of force with members of their community and to commit to being responsible for the promised reforms,” ​​he said.

The first black president of the United States called for cooperation between individuals to “change America” ​​and help it follow its values.

With AFP