In a Facebook post on Friday, Obama lamented the killings of Floyd in recent weeks, as well as other black men and women in recent weeks.
“Like many of you, I am saddened by this recent tragedy,” he wrote. “And I’m tired of a heartbreaker that never seems to stop.”
“It’s just going on, and going on. Race and racism is a reality that many of us have grown up learning to deal with. But if we ever hope to pass it, it can’t just be on people. It’s the color to deal with,” he wrote. “It depends on all of us root black, white, everyone – we can be as true as we think it is to do the true, uncomfortable thing to eradicate it.”
He added, “It begins with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from ours. It ends with justice, compassion and empathy manifested in our lives and on our streets.”
Ending the optimistic note, Obama said he prayed, “We have the strength to make that journey, just as we pray for the souls and families of those who were taken from us.”
Both statements come against the backdrop of occasional violent protests across the country, as people show their outrage at childhood and Floyd’s death. On Monday, 46-year-old Floyd, knocked to the ground – handcuffed and unarmed – police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck and shouted for about nine minutes, “I can’t breathe.”