- George Clooney has penned an emotional essay in the wake of George Floyd's death
- The veteran actor called for systematic change in the US' law enforcement and the criminal justice system
- He also urged American citizens to vote in the upcoming elections "to fix these seemingly insurmountable problems"
George Clooney has penned an emotional essay in reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests that have been triggered by the killing of African American George Floyd.
Floyd died in hospital last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
"There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered. We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers. Now we see another defiant reaction to the systemic cruel treatment of a portion of our citizens like we saw in 1968, 1992, and 2014," Clooney said.
Writing for the Daily Beast, Clooney called for a "systematic change" in the US' law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
"We need policymakers and politicians that reflect basic fairness to all of their citizens equally. Not leaders that stoke hatred and violence as if the idea of shooting looters could ever be anything less than a racial dog whistle."
The veteran actor, 59, referred to the injustices in the US as their "pandemic" that has lasted for 400 years.
"This is our pandemic. It infects all of us, and in 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine. It seems we’ve stopped even looking for one and we just try to treat the wound on an individual basis. And we sure haven’t done a very good job of that."
The star called for the removal of President Donald Trump in the upcoming elections.
"So this week, as we’re wondering what it’s going to take to fix these seemingly insurmountable problems, just remember we created these issues so we can fix them. And there is only one way in this country to bring lasting change: Vote."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Warner Bros has decided to make the 2019 film Just Mercy free to rent on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of Floyd's death.
Mzansi celebs have also spoken up about the ill treatment of black people in the US.
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