Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speaks out on George Floyd’s death in graduation address

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By Toyin Owoseje, Max Foster and Jonny Hallam, CNN

(CNN) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has delivered a personal message on the death of George Floyd, describing what is happening in the United States as “absolutely devastating.”

The Duchess said she felt compelled to address the impact of his death while speaking to the graduating class of her former Los Angeles high school during a virtual commencement speech on Wednesday evening.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. His death has sparked nationwide and international protests.

Meghan admitted she was “really nervous” about speaking on the issue, but soon realized that “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”

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  1. Killing of a person should not be seen from the spectacle of colour , religion , race etc. Murder is simply a murder . Society should not be divided . Every religion and nation term the ” victim ” as innocent , and the accused as culprit . The moment we start seeing the religion , race and colour of the victim and the accused , the social disintegration starts . Such trends are not good .

  2. In reply to your comment, Syed Aftab Alam. Murder is murder! Even if authorities take that course, as is the case in some American states, and certain Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, and I believe in Iran and some others. If the life of a person is taken under any circumstances, that constitutes murder. That is why many countries have abolished death sentences as a form of punishment, and instead give varying prison terms depending on the crime. I’m not sure what that means: victim as innocent, and the accused as culprit. I don’t think one can generalise on that, all circumstances are different. But in most enlightened countries everyone is considered to be innocent until proven guilty. It’s dependent on proof. Perhaps that is what you meant. So far as divided societies are concerned, that has been the case throughout the ages. Most of that is due to tribalism, each tribe wanting to be in control, or wanting the possessions of others; wanting to spread their particular religious beliefs because it is considered to be the one and only right path; or considering their race/colour to be superior to others; social divisions, inequality, greed, wars. And that is before we address the effects the elements have on life. Life is a constant battle. Peace and harmony are not easy to achieve, although many seek them. We live in hope for a better world.

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