READ: Obama remarks to HBCU graduates
In an address to graduating students at a joint ceremony for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) Saturday, former President Barack Obama noted racial disparities — many of which have been underscored by the pandemic.
“Let’s be honest: a disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities historically had to deal with in this country,” Obama said.
“We see it in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog and some folks feel like they can stop, question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit,” he added, referring to the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February of this year.
Read his remarks below.
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