Former President George W. Bush turned to protesters, saying he appreciates the struggle of Americans against racial injustice and criticizes those who are trying to silence them.
About this writes the American publication The Washington Post.
Bush made his statement the day after law enforcement officers violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators near the White House.
“There is a better way — a path of empathy, shared commitment, risky deeds and a world based on justice. I’m sure that together Americans will choose the best path, ”Bush said in a statement.
Speaking of the death of black George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer crushed his knee on his neck, Bush urged white Americans to look for ways to support, listen and understand black Americans who are still faced with “disturbing fanaticism and exploitation.”
The former president noted the existence of “systemic racism” in American society and pointed out that it can only be dealt with “by hearing the voices of the suffering and mourning victims.”
“The only way to see yourself in the true light is to hear the voices of many who are hurt and who grieve. Those who intend to silence these voices do not understand the significance of America – or how it is getting better, ”Bush said.
“We can only see America’s real needs if we look at it through the eyes of those who are threatened, oppressed and stripped of their civil rights,” he added.
As president, Bush also faced protests and negative reactions, first against his decision to start a war with Iraq, and then because of his efforts to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated African-American communities.
It is worth noting that, due to mass protests, Trump was criticized by the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces Mike Mullen
Mullen wrote that he was “feeling sick” when he saw how fighters of the National Guard and other security officers forcefully remove protesters from the square near the White House to make it easier for Trump to go to the neighboring church.
“Whatever Trump’s goals were during his visit, he laid bare his contempt for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, supported the leaders of other countries who are amused by our internal confrontation,” Mullen said.
Mullen, like Bush, emphasized that people need to understand that the root of these protests is the constant racism that African Americans face.