Politicians At Home: Obama Supports BLM

Aislinn Lavery, Writer

On June Third, former president Barack Obama gave a live zoom call addressing the recent protests against police brutality towards people of color.

Since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, there has been lots of anger about the unfair treatment of Black people by police in America.

President Obama started by thanking America’s youth, who have been leading the protests and demanding change over the past couple weeks. 

He then spoke directly to children of color, some of whom have been directly affected by police brutality. “I want you to know that your lives matter, your dreams matter,” said the president.

He went on to remind young men and women of their power to make things better and help change America.

President Obama also thanked the law enforcement officials who recognize the issue of police brutality, and stand with the protesters.

“Change is going to require everybody’s participation,” the president remarked.

To try and accomplish change, Obama.org has recently launched a new pledge directed at city mayors. Mayors who sign this pledge agree to review their police use of force policies with a diverse range of input, and publish the findings of this review to citizens. They also agree to then reform the police use of force policies in the community.

President Obama finished his speech by reminding viewers to continue trying to end racial injustice, even after the protests are over.

“At some point, attention moves away. At some point, protests start to dwindle in size,” said the president. “It’s very important for us to take the momentum that has been created as a society, as a country, and say: ‘let’s use this to finally have an impact.’”


To see the new Obama.org pledge for mayors, click here.

To watch Obama’s live speech, click here.