Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he shared the “anguish” of millions of Americans over the death of a black man killed by police in Minnesota and that racism cannot be “normal” in the United States.
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” Obama said of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd and several other recent racial incidents in the country.
“It can’t be ‘normal,’” the first African-American president of the United States said in a statement. “If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better.”
Floyd’s death on Monday sparked three nights of rioting in Minneapolis and protests against police brutality in other US cities.
Floyd, 46, died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than five minutes while he was handcuffed and on the ground.
In his statement, Obama referred to Floyd’s death but also two other high-profile recent racial incidents in the US, one involving a black jogger who was shot dead by two white men in Georgia and a black man who had a confrontation with a white woman while bird-watching in a park in New York.
“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” Obama said. “But we have to remember for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.”
Obama said Americans need “to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.
Pakistani Man Buys Land On Moon As Wedding Gift For His Wife (Photos)
A Pakistani man, inspired by late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, bought an acre of land on the moon as a wedding gift for his wife.
Rawalpindi: “Love you to the moon and back” is not just a saying for a Pakistani man anymore who has bought a one-acre plot of land on the moon as a wedding gift for his wife.
Sohaib Ahmed, a resident of Rawalpindi, bought the lunar land in the region called ‘Sea of Vapour’. The land was bought for $45 from the International Lunar Lands Registry.
Ahmed said that he was inspired by late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput to buy the piece of land on the moon. The land bought by Sushant in 2018 is part of a region called Mare Muscoviense, or the ‘Sea of Muscovy’.
Several celebrities including Tom Cruise and Shah Rukh Khan own land on the moon.
Ahmed’s wife Madiha said that her friends did not believe her when she told them about her unique wedding gift. “At first everyone thought it was a joke, but then I showed them the documents and then they believed it,” she told Samaa TV. She added that one of her friends also wants her fiancé to gift her a plot of land on the moon for their wedding.
The couple received the documents of the land on the moon at their home via US Postal Service.
Earlier, a Bihar businessman bought an acre of land on the moon after getting inspired by Rajput. Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Bodh Gaya, said that the cost of the land was not much, however, the process was difficult. He had contacted the US society ‘Luna Society International’ and applied for one acre of land in October 2019.
“I had given around Rs. 48,000 at that time… money was converted from Indian rupees to dollars. After a lot of online paperwork, I got a message on July 4, 2020, that my deed had been completed,” Kumar had told ANI.
“It’s An Attack On The Erection Industry” – Reuben Abati Replies Ghana Police Commander On Sex Rounds
“It’s an attack on the erection industry!” – Dr. @abati1990 on the Ghanaian Police Commander’s advice that officials should reduce their involvement in “sexual activities” ahead of the country’s general election. � #TrendingWithOjyOkpe @OjyOkpe #TheMorningShow
‘Reduce Your Sex Rounds’ — Ghanaian Police Officer Advises Personnel
Afful Boakye-Yiadom, the Accra region commander of Ghana Police Service (GPS), has enjoined officials of the agency to reduce their involvement in sexual activities ahead of the country’s general elections.
Boakye-Yiadom addressed the officials during a route march held by the police service to reiterate its readiness for the elections.
The Accra police commander said the measure alongside intake of good diet would enable them to discharge their duties effectively before, during and after the polls.
“Control yourself, we all need the energy to work during the election I, therefore, advise all of you to eat well, reduce your sexual rounds for you to get the energy to work well before, during and after 2020 elections,” he said.
Boakye-Yiadom also urged the police officers to desist from partisan politics at the polls.
According to him, this would enable them to maintain neutrality which is essential to their professional conduct during the election.
Ghana will hold its general elections on December 7.
Nana Akufo-Addo, the country’s incumbent president, is seeking re-election under the platform of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He will be challenging John Mahama, a former president and candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to secure another term in office.
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