"I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and community of George Floyd. It is my sincerest hope that those responsible for this horrific murder are held accountable.
I am also disgusted by our president’s hateful and racist rhetoric in the wake of the uprisings in Minneapolis. At a time when we are once again reckoning with the toxic poison of racism, we must reject those who delight in dividing us and instead come together to forge a better future.
As President Obama said earlier today, while we all want our world to go back to 'normal' amidst this global pandemic, we have to remember that for people of color – and particularly Black men – 'normal' has been discriminatory, dehumanizing, and deadly. Our next chapter must be better, not normal.
Rekia Boyd, Laquan McDonald, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor should all be alive today. Christian Cooper should have been able to walk through a park without being profiled. I am praying for their families and communities as they seek justice and peace.”