PLAINS, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter released a statement Wednesday afternoon, addressing the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Carter said his and his wife Rosalynn’s hearts are with the victims’ families and “all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty.”
Carter also looked back on his inaugural address as Georgia governor, echoing a message he made almost 50 years ago: "The time for racial discrimination is over.”
Carter’s statement comes a day after former President George W. Bush said that he and his wife, Laura, were “anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd.”
“It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country,” Bush wrote. "It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?
Last week, former President Barack Obama said that the death of Floyd “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.” Obama also wrote a column on Medium and planned to address the country in a live stream Wednesday.
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