George Clooney has expressed his disapproval over the killing of George Floyd.
The actor, film producer, director, and activist wrote an essay for The Daily Beast which he titled, ‘George Clooney: America’s Greatest Pandemic Is Anti-Black Racism.’
In the written piece, the movie star addressed the nationwide protests in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, advocating for a “systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system.”
According to Clooney, racism is America’s pandemic, one that no one has a cure for.
Part of the piece reads:
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.
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 also pointed out how the recent protests across the nation reminded him of those in the ‘90s and shared that Floyd’s death was reminiscent of Eric Garner’s in 2014 (they both made a plea of “I can’t breathe” to the police.
Days after the death of Floyd, the cop responsible, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The independent autopsy ordered by the family of the deceased reveals that he died on the scene while that of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner released yesterday states that Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”
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