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George Clooney: Racism is our pandemic

George Clooney is utilizing his platform to show his support for black lives.

The A-List entertainer wrote on Monday morning that was titled “George Clooney: America’s Greatest Pandemic Is Anti-Black Racism.”

The 59-year-old star talked about the bandwagon across the United States and furthermore upheld for “systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system.”

As Clooney put it, racism in America is “our pandemic” and one that no one has found a cure for.

“This is our pandemic. It infects all of us, and in 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine,” he wrote. “It seems we’ve stopped even looking for one and we just try to treat the wound on an individual basis. And we sure haven’t done a very good job of that.”

He continued, “So this week, as we’re wondering what it’s going to take to fix these seemingly insurmountable problems, just remember we created these issues so we can fix them.”

“There is only one way in this country to bring lasting change: Vote,” he expressed.

The on-screen character additionally brought up how the bandwagon reminds him of those in 1990s. He shared that George Floyd’s passing was like Eric Garner’s in 2014, since the two of them pleaded to the police “I can’t breathe.”

News on Floyd’s demise was out on Monday, May 25. In the footage, which was caught by observers and flowed on the web, a Minneapolis cop (named Derek Chauvin) lay Floyd on the ground and bowed on his neck. Three different officials seemed to hold on as Floyd expressed a few times that he was unable to breathe.

As per the post-mortem requested by Floyd’s family, he died on the spot. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner discharged its own dissection discoveries on Monday, June 1, which expressed that Floyd passed on from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.”

Days following Floyd’s passing, Chauvin was accused of third-degree murder and homicide. Right now, the three different officials included haven’t been charged—in any case, they’ve been terminated from the Minneapolis Police Department.

“Is it 1992? Did we just hear a jury tell us that the white cops that we watched on tape hundreds of times beating Rodney King weren’t guilty of their obvious crimes? Is it 2014, when Eric Garner was executed for selling cigarettes by a white cop who strangled him as we watched? His words “I can’t breathe” forever etched into our minds,” Clooney penned.

“How many times have we seen people of color killed by police? Tamir RicePhilando CastileLaquan McDonald. There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered,” he continued. “We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers. Now we see another defiant reaction to the systemic cruel treatment of a portion of our citizens like we saw in 1968, 1992, and 2014.”

He explained that while we don’t know when protests “will subside,” we can “hope and pray that no one else will be killed.”

He explained that while we don’t know when protests “will subside,” we can “hope and pray that no one else will be killed.”

“The anger and the frustration we see playing out once again in our streets is just a reminder of how little we’ve grown as a country from our original sin of slavery,” he shared. “The fact that we aren’t actually buying and selling other human beings anymore is not a badge of honor. We need systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system.”

George added, “We need policymakers and politicians that reflect basic fairness to all of their citizens equally. Not leaders that stoke hatred and violence as if the idea of shooting looters could ever be anything less than a racial dog whistle. Bull Connor was more subtle.”

Furthermore, the actor isn’t the only star to talk about Floyd’s demise. Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Harry Styles, Lizzo and numerous others have raised the issue.

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