George Clooney on George Floyd killing: Racism is the United States’ pandemic

‘In 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine,’ actor writes in attack on Trump ‘dog whistle’

George Clooney on George Floyd: ‘There is only one way to bring lasting change – vote.’ Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

George Clooney on George Floyd: ‘There is only one way to bring lasting change – vote.’ Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

 

George Clooney has called for a “systematic change” of law enforcement, criminal justice and political leadership in the United States, in an article reacting to the crisis triggered by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week. Writing for the Daily Beast, Clooney says urgent action is required to combat the racism “pandemic” raging in the country.

“There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered,” Clooney writes. “We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers.” He then praises the “defiant reaction” of millions of people around the world who are taking part in demonstrations.

“We don’t know when these protests will subside. We hope and pray that no one else will be killed. But we also know that very little will change. 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.

“This is our pandemic. It infects all of us, and in 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine.”

George Floyd killing: protesters face off with police outside the White House. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty
George Floyd killing: a protester and police face off outside the White House. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP

The 59-year-old actor ends with a call to the people to remove Donald Trump from office in the United States’ forthcoming presidential elections.

“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.

“And there is only one way in this country to bring lasting change: Vote.” – Guardian