Former president George W Bush called on the US to take a hard look at its "tragic failures," citing racial injustice in America in a statement addressing protests which have engulfed the country in the past week.
"It remains a shocking failure that many African-Americans, especially young African-American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country," Bush said in the statement expressing anguish over the death of George Floyd.
The killing has unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the US since the 1968 assassination of rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
"This tragedy - in a long series of similar tragedies - raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?" Bush wrote. "It is time for America to examine our tragic failures."
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