Former President Barack Obama on Monday published a blog post titled "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change." Obama said the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system." He condemned "the small minority of folks who've resorted to violence," and also called for voters to get involved in both national, state, and local elections. "If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn't between protest and politics," he wrote. "We have to do both." Obama said protesters should organize to identify specific demands for criminal justice and police reform, to avoid mere "lip service" in response to the demonstrations.

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