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George Clooney criticizes racism, calls for action

Hollywood actor George Clooney criticizes racism in US and calls for fundamental changes.

The US actor George Clooney has written an essay in reaction to the murder of the Minneapolis native George Floyd by US police.

Following Floyd death, protests have been taking place all over the US and police has been trying to control the situation.

The 59-year-old actor praised protesters for their bold reaction to the killing of black people.

Clooney wrote in his essay, “How many times have we seen people of color killed by police? Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Laquan McDonald. There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered. 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”.

Clooney believes that US has to change the laws to prevent such brutalities. He compared racism in America to a pandemic disease that needs a vaccine.

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

The famous actor hit out at the US president Donald Trump and penned, “We need policymakers and politicians that reflect basic fairness to all of their citizens equally”.

PR/MM

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