George Clooney Says Racism Is America's Greatest Pandemic That Does Not Have a Vaccine Yet

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 02, 2020
09:30 P.M.
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Amid the national outcry against the brutal murder of George Floyd by a policeman, actor George Clooney has written about his opinion in the matter for “The Daily Beast.”


Clooney, 59, is one of the celebrities who’ve spoken out about the killing of Floyd, 46. The Minneapolis resident was murdered by a police officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes despite Floyd’s pleas.

In his piece, Clooney urged Americans to got vote in the hope to fight against systemic racism. He also spoke in support of the nationwide protests over the Minnesota murder.

George Clooney at the "Suburbicon" post-premiere party at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017, in Canada | Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

George Clooney at the "Suburbicon" post-premiere party at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017, in Canada | Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Paramount Pictures/Getty Images



The actor noted in his essay that America's greatest pandemic was racism. He also called out against police brutality that has been targeted against black citizens.

Clooney wrote: "How many times have we seen people of color killed by police?" He also noted other victims like "Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, [and] Laquan McDonald.”



The star acknowledged how the current “defiant reaction to the systemic cruel treatment of a portion of our citizens” was the same as in “1968, 1992, and 2014." He also shared that he hoped and prayed no one else would be killed during the protests.

Clooney also lamented: “But we also know that very little will change." He complained about how the country hadn’t grown much from its “original sin of slavery” and called for a “systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system.”



The star also urged for “policymakers and politicians that reflect basic fairness to all of their citizens equally." He noted how this uprising had been created by the nation and only they could fix them by voting.



Many celebrities have had their say since the Black Lives Matter protests began. Ellen DeGeneres recently uploaded a home video where she addressed Floyd’s murder and police brutality.


She revealed that she stood for equality and was one of the stars who wished for change. Adele, 32, asked people to “be righteously angered but be focused!”

She also encouraged people to “Keep listening, keep asking and keep learning!”

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