Barack and Michelle Obama say the Chauvin jury “did the right thing," call for America to reach "true justice"

by Joel Abbott · Apr 21st, 2021 12:13 pm

Last Updated Apr 23rd, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, applauding the conviction but saying "true justice" still needs to be reached.

In the full letter, the Obamas said that while they believe the guilty verdict was "a necessary step on the road to progress," that it "was far from a sufficient one."

"True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last," they said.

The Obamas also called for expanding "economic opportunity" to "too long marginalized" communities.


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