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For Immediate Release
June 2, 2020

STATEMENT BY
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice
and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not
the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.

It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men,
are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by
responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar
tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The
only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and
grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or
how it becomes a better place.

America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a
single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised.

That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason.
Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from
American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not
liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities
requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.

This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as
equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans
will choose the better way.


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