Pope Francis reacts to Floyd’s death, says racism ‘intolerable’
Pope Francis said on Wednesday “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism”, in reaction to the killing of a black man US police that has sparked nationwide protests.
But the pontiff also condemned the violence that followed George Floyd’s death in the city of Minneapolis last week as “self-destructive and self-defeating”.
“Nothing is gained violence and so much is lost,” Francis said.
Floyd, 46, an unarmed African-American man, suffocated as a white police officer kneeled on his neck, sparking once-in-a-generation demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.
Pope Francis said he was praying for Floyd and “all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism”.
Protests have been held in cities across the country, mostly peaceful but many descending into mayhem.
Both activists and officials have blamed rabble-rousers for the trouble and thousands of people have been arrested.