President Barack Obama has applauded young people for leading the fight against racism in America while calling on mayors across the country to review their 'use of force policies' and commit to reform.
The former president spoke at a virtual town hall hosted by the Obama Foundation on Wednesday, amid ongoing nationwide protests following the death of black man George Floyd.
'We have seen in the last several weeks, and last few months, the kind of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as I've seen in my lifetime,' he said.
Obama addressed the nation and delivered a messaged to people of color in a virtual town hall on Wednesday
'In some ways, as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they've been, they've also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened.'
Obama also delivered a direct message to people of color saying: 'I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter.'
'I see limitless potential that deserves to thrive, that you should be able to learn and make mistakes and live of life of joy without having to worry about what happens when you walk to the store or go for a jog and drive down the street or looking at some birds at a park.'