Posted: Jun 1, 2020 / 02:06 PM PDT/ Updated: Jun 1, 2020 / 02:06 PM PDT

A child holds up his hands in front of a row of police officers in downtown Long Beach on May 31, 2020 during a protest against the death of George Floyd. (APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

California’s education chief Tony Thurmond announced plans Monday to lead a new effort focusing on racism in state schools during emotional remarks on George Floyd, whose killing he said has left him struggling to answer his own children who asked, “Why did this happen?”

Thurmond is the only elected government official in California who is African American.

“Now is the time to address racism and

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