George Bush called for “empathy” for protesters: “Those who try to silence voices don’t understand America”

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George Bush (AP/file)

Former U.S. President George W. Bush advocated on Tuesday for the “empathy” in response to racial protests that have rocked the country in the last week and felt it is time for the United States to examine its “tragic failures.”

In a statement, Bush, claimed that along with his wife, Laura, have been “anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd,” the black man who died on May 25 at the hands of a white policeman, but also “disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate” the country.

“It’s time for us to listen. It’s time for America to examine our tragic failures, and as we do so, we’ll also see some of our strengths,” the former Republican leader said. “The only way to really see ourselves is to hear the voices of so many people who are suffering and grieving. Those who seek to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America, or how it becomes a better place“.

National Guard guards the White House in front of protesters (Reuters)
National Guard guards the White House in front of protesters (Reuters)

The 43rd president of the United States considered that “it remains a surprising failure that many African-Americans, especially young people,” are harassed and threatened in their own country.”

But at the same time he highlighted as a fortress that the protesters, “protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future,” in what seemed a nod to the mobilizations of the last days.

The former representative pointed out that “looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress“, but noted that lasting peace “requires truly equal justice.”

“The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is everyone’s dutyBush added, “as you ensure that neighbors are best served when it comes to understanding their experience.

“We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, both in protection and compassion. There is a better way: empathy, shared commitment, bold action and a peace rooted in justiceThe former ruler raised.

In several cities, security forces have knelt next to protesters (Reuters)
In several cities, security forces have knelt next to protesters (Reuters)

On Monday, Trump announced the deployment of “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” in Washington, in response to protests in the US capital that have led to unrest and destruction of various stained glass windows. Trump has also declared himself willing to deploy the Army in cities and states that refuse to “take the necessary measures” to defend “the lives and property of its residents.”

In his message, Bush noted that “America’s greatest challenge has long been to bring people from very different backgrounds together in a single nation of justice and opportunity”.

Similarly, he considered that the answers to the country’s problems “are living according to American ideals — the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights.”

(With EFE information)

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