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George W. Bush "anguished" by death of George Floyd
George W. Bush at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2018
George W. Bush at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2018 Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States / Public domain

Former President George W. Bush issued a statement on bushcenter.org regarding the death of George Floyd. Though not mentioning the action of the current administration, Bush wrote: "Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. [...] It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country."

The statement further reads: "Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice."