Former Presidents Clinton and Carter Speak Out

Racial injustice must be overcome.

Former President Bill Clinton issued a statement saying, “No one deserves to die the way George Floyd did. And the truth is, if you’re white in America, the chances are you won’t.” His statement included a series of questions. “Why does this keep happening? What can we do to ensure that every community has the police department it needs and deserves?”

“People with power should go first—answer the questions who is ‘us’ and shrink who’s ‘them,’ accept some blame, and assume more responsibility. But the rest of us have to answer these questions, too,” Clinton added.

Former President Jimmy Carter called for Americans in positions of power and influence to fight racial injustice, saying “silence can be as deadly as violence.” He did not speak of President Trump or his actions, but did say, “We need a government as good as its people, and we are better than this.”

Carter, age 95, said, “We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For America’s former presidents as they encourage and support solutions to racial injustice in the nation.
  • That President Trump and Congress would be discerning in the best resolutions to the challenges facing the country.
  • For those who are in authority across many levels in the U.S. — governors, mayors, police chiefs — to have wisdom in dealing with ongoing protests.

Sources: The Hill, ABC News


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