Former President Barack Obama denounced demonstrators who have resorted to violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death, saying it undermines the goals of peaceful protesters who are seeking change.
“The small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause,” Obama wrote in a piece published by Medium on Monday.
Obama recalled seeing a video of an elderly black woman crying about the only grocery store in her neighborhood being vandalized, noting the detrimental effects such destruction has on communities in need.
“If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves,” Obama wrote.
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