As protests grip the country following the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers, mayors across America have been at the forefront of the crisis. Amidst the storm, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has gained national attention as an example of empathetic and resolute leadership, passionately harnessing her voice as both African American leader and mother.
During a press conference on Friday as protests in Atlanta turned violent, Lance Bottoms blended the two roles, and had some direct words for those committing violence on the streets.
“I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” the Atlanta mayor said. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. And, yesterday, when I heard there were rumors about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and I said, ‘Where are you?’
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