Michelle Obama says she is 'pained' and 'exhausted' by the racist attacks on black people
Michelle Obama has spoken out against the killing of George Floyd, saying she is 'exhausted' by the racist attacks on black people in America, while calling on everyone to do their part in 'rooting it out.'
The former first lady shared an Instagram post on Friday saying she was 'pained' by the recent string of tragedies in the black community and the 'heartbreak that never seems to stop.'
'Right now it's George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric [Garner] Sandra [Bland] and Michael [Brown]. It just goes on, and on, and on,' she said.
'Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can't just be on people of color to deal with it.
'It's up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.
Obama urged Americans to start with 'self-examination' and to listen to people who are from different walks of life.
'It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us,' she added.
Included in the post were illustrations of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor painted by artist Nikkolas Smith.
Floyd's death followed that of Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot dead by two white men in Georgia earlier this month, and Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville cops in March.
Floyd's killing has reignited tensions between law enforcement and the black community in the US after a white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the 46-year-old's neck until he passed out and later died.