The former president said he was still & # 39; hopeful & # 39; felt after George Floyd's tragic death (Photo: AP)

Barack Obama has urged young Americans to use tragedy to eventually bring about real change after George Floyd's death.

The former president acknowledged that the last few weeks have been "difficult and frightening and uncertain" because he addressed the nation on Wednesday in a virtual town hall speech.

However, he insisted that he & # 39; hopefully & # 39; felt that "widespread protests against systemic racism" had an incredible opportunity for people to wake up to inequality and injustice.

Although many people may feel angry, they & # 39; have the power to make things better & # 39 ;, said the father-of-two.

He said: 'I want to talk directly to the young men and women of color in this country. I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your life matters, that your dreams matter.

'I see some limitless potential and you could learn and make mistakes. … I hope you feel hopeful too, even though you may feel angry. You have the power to make things better … you have communicated a sense of energy. & # 39;

Mr. Obama told young activists to "uncomfortable" people in power, because he called on every US mayor to look at power policy use and make progress on police reform.

He said, & # 39; I heard a little conversation … voices against protest. Politics and participation versus civil transgression and direct action.

Obama talks about reimagining policing as civil unrest continues across the country after George Floyd's death (Photo: Obama Foundation)
Mr. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, then he said to her: & # 39; I can't breathe & # 39; (Photo: AP)
Protesters gather during a protest in New York City, U.S., June 2, 2020 (Photo: Reuters)
Members of & # 39; e D.C. National Guard stands at & # 39; steps from the Lincoln Memorial and check out a large crowd of protesters who participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd (Photo: Getty Images)
Protesters gather outside the White House (Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

& # 39; This is no or. This is in both and. To make real change, we need to both highlight a problem and make people in power uncomfortable, but we also need to translate that into practical solutions and laws that can't be implemented. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; As tragic as these last few weeks have been. As difficult and scary and uncertain as they have been, they have also been an incredible opportunity for people to wake up to some of these underlying trends.

'They provide an opportunity for us all to work together to tackle them, adopt them, change America and fulfill it to its highest ideals.

& # 39; Part of what made me so hopeful is the fact that so many young people are galvanized and activated and motivated and mobilized, & # 39; historically, so much of & # 39; the progress we have made in our society because of young people. & # 39;

His remarks came during a virtual town hall that was hosted today by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation.

The speech was the first time the former leader addressed Mr Floyd's death on camera.

He previously cast his support behind peaceful activists in an online essay saying that any violent protests & # 39; detract from the case & # 39 ;.

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