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Barack Obama , Oprah Winfrey And Several Others Remember George Floyd On His First Death Anniversary

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People around the world marked the first death anniversary of George Floyd, a Black man who was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, US.

Floyd, 46, died after Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for about nine and a half minutes. Chauvin was convicted last month of murder and faces sentencing on June 25.

Observing the death anniversary of George Floyd, US state secretary Antony Blinken said that the nation must face the reality of racism at home in order to be a credible force for human rights around the world. Taking to Twitter, Blinken said, By addressing our shortcomings openly and honestly, we live up to the values that we stand for worldwide.

Former US president Barack Obama in his series of tweets said that hundreds more Americans have died in encounters with police since the murder of George Floyd but the year has also given reasons to hope. In a series of tweets, the first and only Black president in American history asserted that more people in more places are seeing the world more clearly than they did a year ago.

US senator Elizabeth Warren said that she is committed to keeping the fight to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a civil rights and police reform bill drafted by Democrats, as a step towards cementing the “unshakeable truth that Black Lives Matter.” The NBA’s social justice coalition has also called on the Senate to pass the bill to honour the memory of Floyd and “others who have been victims of police brutality.”

A year ago today we didnt know his name, but now its forever etched in our consciousness: #GeorgeFloyd, tweeted iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

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