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‘I Want You to Know That You Matter,’ Obama Says in Address to Young Men and Women of Color

Former President Barack Obama praised the efforts of demonstrators across the nation, calling their protests following the death of George Floyd “powerful” and “transformative.”

I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country, who as Playon just so eloquently described have witnessed too much violence and too much death. And too often some of that violence has come from folks who we’re supposed to be serving and protecting you. I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter. And when I go home and I look at the faces of my daughters, Sasha and Malia, and I look at my nephews and nieces, I see limitless potential that deserves to flourish and thrive. And you should be able to learn and make mistakes, and live a life of joy without having to worry about what’s going to happen when you walk to the store, or go for a jog, or driving down the street, or looking at some birds in a park. And so I hope that you also feel hopeful, even as you may feel angry, because you have the power to make things better. And you have helped to make the entire country feel as if this is something that’s got to change. You’ve communicated a sense of urgency that is as powerful and as transformative as anything that I’ve seen in recent years.

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