George Clooney, 52-Year-old A- list actor and Philanthropist reacted to the death of Geroge Floyd. The actor speaks and uses the platform and shows his support for the black community. The actor penned an essay to “The Daily Beast” which was published on Monday titled “George Clooney: America’s Greatest Pandemic is Anti- Black Racism” in which the actor discussed the ongoing nationwide protests in the United States. He also called for “systematic change in law enforcement and in the criminal justice system”.
Clooney’s Statement on Floyd Death
After the tragic death of the 46-year-old man George Floyd, last week in Minnesota after a former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd on the ground and kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes and discussed on the nationwide protest.
Clooney wrote in it that America’s greatest pandemic is Racism, and the cure is to vote. He also wrote, “There is a little doubt that George Floyd was murdered, we watched as he took his last breath in the hand of four police officers.”He also praises the defiant reactions of millions of people around the world who are taking part in the demonstration.
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“We don’t know when these protestors will subside. We hope of and pray that no one else will be killed. But we also know that very little will change. The anger and frustrations which we see once again on the streets remind us of how little we’ve grown as a country from our original sin of slavery. ”
The actor wrote pointing and naming other people of colour to remind him of those in the 1990s. “How many times we see people of colour killed by police? Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Laquan McDonald, which we saw in 1968, 1992, and 2014. Floyd’s death was reminiscent of Eric Garner’s in 2014 since they both pleaded to the police, I can’t breathe”.
He added “We need a systematic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system and 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. Bull Connor was more subtle.”
Connor was a 1960s-era Alabama politician opposed to the civil rights movement. Even he called people to remove Donald Trump from office in the United States forthcoming President elections: but he did not name him.
In closing, George wrote, “This is our pandemic. It infects all of us, and in 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine”. “It seems we’ve stopped even looking for one and we just try to treat the wound on an individual basis. And we sure haven’t done a very good job of that.”
He concluded, “And there is only one way in this country to bring lasting change: Vote.”
Other Stars Reaction
The actor is not only the first celebrity person to respond to Floyd’s death. Other celebrities like Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, and others have issued statements and spoken up. Several other Hollywood stars also participated in the current nationwide protest.