For the past 11 days, protests have surged throughout the country, sparked largely by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
The crime: Floyd allegedly tried to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. As a result, officers pinned Floyd to the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—causing him to suffocate under the pressure, which led to his death.
The U.S.—currently fighting two pandemics: coronavirus and racism—is in desperate need of healing and leadership. Yet the current president, a role sometimes referred to as “mourner in chief,” refuses to lead our nation’s mourning.
Luckily, other notable U.S. leaders have stepped in to express solidarity with…