Former President Barack Obama spoke on Wednesday to address the nation regarding the ongoing protests over police brutality that broke out following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Obama called the protests "an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of [the] underlying trends" of systemic racism. He also specifically addressed young people of color, saying, "I want you to know that your lives matter. Your dreams matter." Obama previously published a blog post calling the protests largely "peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring," and has called on protesters to determine specific demands for criminal justice and police reform.

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