Former President George W. Bush on Tuesday called for Americans to examine the nation’s “tragic failures” and collectively push for equal justice amid massive protests across the country over the police-involved death of George Floyd.
Bush said in his first statement on the death of Floyd, an African American man who died last week, that he and his wife Laura had initially resisted the urge to speak out because “this is not the time for us to lecture” and instead “time for us to listen.”
“The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving,” Bush said. “Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.”
The comments from Bush followed a week in which protests in major cities throughout the U.S. devolved into riots and violent confrontations between police and demonstrators. Public and private property was demolished and vandalized in several U.S. cities, with fires being set ablaze near the White House on Sunday night.
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