Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called on protesters who broke out in several US states after the death of African American George Floyd from police actions during his arrest to combat racism exclusively by peaceful means. Carter’s statement cites CNN.
he 95-year-old former president, who served in 1977-1981, said that he, along with his wife Rosalyn, “painfully perceived the tragic racial injustice.” Carter noted that he understands the relatives of the deceased and all those who feel “helplessness in the face of continued racial discrimination and sheer cruelty.”
However, the ex-head of the White House noted that violence, whether it is spontaneous or conscious, cannot be a solution to the problem. Carter is convinced that attention must be drawn to immoral racial discrimination, but peaceful ways must be chosen.
Riots broke out in Minneapolis last week after the death of 46-year-old African American George Floyd. Three policemen threw him on the asphalt and held him for more than eight minutes. One of them squeezed Floyd’s neck, later he died in intensive care from asphyxiation.
The police officers involved in the incident were fired, and one of them was accused of reckless killing and taken into custody. The remaining police officers are also charged, they will be taken into custody in the near future.
At present, rallies and pogroms are taking place not only in Minneapolis, but also in other major cities of the United States of America, as well as in Europe.