Former President Barack Obama appeared criticizing Trump’s administration during a virtual commencement address on Saturday. He decried what he called a lack of leadership when it came to handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to thousands of students graduating from historically black colleges and universities in an online commencement address, he said that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”.
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“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said. “A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
“If the world is going to get better, it’s going to be up to you,” he added.
The US so far has confirmed more than 88,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The COVID-9 crisis has also crashed the economy, with reportedly 36.5 million people have lost their jobs during the eight-week period.
Obama further went on acknowledging the black Americans, who have been the hardest-hit population in the US as the outbreak sweep across the country.
“Let’s be honest — a disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country,” he said. “
We see it in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities, just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog, and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning”, he further added.