Washington – US First Lady Melania Trump has made a plea for racial unity in a live speech from the White House to the Republican party convention.
“Stop the violence and looting,” she said as protests continued over a police shooting in Wisconsin.
Mrs Trump urged Americans to stop making assumptions based on race and reflected candidly on US history.
The US first lady delivered Tuesday night’s keynote address before a small audience, including her husband, in the Rose Garden of the White House.
“Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” the first lady said.
“It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage you to focus on the future while still learning from the past.”
“I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals,” she added.
“I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the colour of a person’s skin.”
In her speech, the first lady also expressed compassion for Americans worried about the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 178,000 Americans.
“I know many people are anxious,” she said. “Some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone.”