Barack Obama urges young African Americans to ‘feel hopeful’ as ‘change is coming’ after George Floyd’s death – The Sun

BARACK Obama assured African Americans "change is coming" after George Floyd's death and urged them to be "hopeful."

Speaking at a virtual town hall hosted by the Obama Foundation on Wednesday, the former US president described the nationwide protests as "profound."

He also directed every "mayor in the country to review your use of force policies" and to "commit to report on planned reforms."

"In some ways, as tragic as these last few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they've been, they've also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of these underlying trends," Obama said in a livestream video from his Chicago home.

"We have seen in the last several weeks, and last few months, the kind of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as I've seen in my lifetime.

"And they offer an opportunity for us to all work together to tackle them, to take them on, to change America and make it live up to its highest ideals."

Addressing young African Americans, the US' first black president said "you matter, I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter."

"There is a change in mindset that's taking place, a greater recognition that we can do better," he continued.

"And that is not a consequence of speeches by politicians … that's a direct result of the activities and organizing and mobilization and engagement of so many young people."

He said they should be able to "live of life of joy without having to worry about what's going to happen when you walk to the store or go for a jog and drive down the street or look at some birds at a park," in reference to Ahmaud Arbery and Christian Cooper.

Obama's comments come after Minnesota’s Attorney General will escalate charges against Officer Derek Chauvin and charge the three other officers with aiding and abetting murder following Floyd's brutal arrest.

Days before, Obama had published a Medium post praising the protesters while condemning the violence that has also ensued after Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck.

Demonstrators in many cities have taken to the streets peacefully to protest police brutality around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But looting and the destruction of property has also been an ongoing problem.

President Donald Trump called for "LAW & ORDER!" on Twitter last night as more reports of property destruction and looting emerged.

Trump has also said he will deploy the US military to stop the demonstrations and urged governors to get "tougher."

The President said he has "done more for Black Americans, in fact, than any President in US history" – bar Abraham Lincoln – on Twitter as protests continued to rage.

"And it’s not even close," Trump wrote on Tuesday. "The Democrats know this, and so does the Fake News, but they refuse to write or say it because they are inherently corrupt!"

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