Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama remembering George Floyd to the biennial anniversary of his murder. On April 20, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Shavin was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison on charges related to Floyd’s death. On May 25, former POTUS and FLOTUS shared Floyd’s honors on their Instagram accounts, taking a moment to address the activity provoked anger which arose after his death – and to acknowledge the recent mass shootings that also dominate the headlines on this painful anniversary.
“If we mourn Uwalde’s children today, we must take the time to acknowledge that two years have passed since the assassination of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer,” the former president wrote. Instagram, recognition of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, May 24th. “His murder remains with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”
In it own postThe former first lady added: “I know a lot is happening now and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the grief that is coming at us from all sides. Yesterday it was pointless horror and killing schoolchildren and educators in Uwald, Texas. Shortly before that, the hated murder of black people in Buffalo took place. Today we remember another trauma that is still with us in many ways. It’s been two years since George Floyd was brutal killed by police officer. Remembering that video and those nine minutes and 29 seconds still shocks many of us to the core, and it should be. ”
On the wave so much preventable gun violenceObama found it difficult to mentally and emotional loss collectively felt across the country, urging readers to use their emotions and turn them into action. “After the consequences [Floyd’s] murder, a new generation of activists has risen to direct their suffering to organized action by launching a movement to raise awareness of systemic racism and the need to reform criminal justice and the police, ”the former POTUS wrote.
“Let’s remember the wave of protests that stirred our conscience.”
The former FLOTUS continued: “Reflecting on his murder and mourning those schoolchildren, let us also remember the millions of people who two years ago turned their sadness and anger into activity. Let us remember the wave of protests that stirred our conscience.” Let’s re-engage in change – whether it’s how our communities are protected, how our criminal justice system is designed, or how long we will continue to accept gun violence as a way of life. “
In conclusion, she reminded readers that gun violence is inevitable, encouraging everyone to act, both large and small. “And most of all, even though it hurts now, let’s remember that we shouldn’t take it all for granted,” she wrote. “So if you feel lost today, hug those you love and do your best to push our country – and the people who lead it – to become a little stronger, braver and better for all of us.”