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Amid unrest, Melania appeals for racial amity

Racial unrest is a harsh reality in the US and we are not proud of parts of our history, United States First Lady Melania Trump has acknowledged, as she recalled her own immigrant story in an appeal for social harmony in the country.

The First Lady, in her address to the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Tuesday from the Rose Garden of the White House, made a passionate plea to Americans to re-elect her husband, President Donald Trump. This was her first major reference to the socio-political unrest in the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Melania, 50, said, “I arrived in the US when I was 26 years old. Living and working in the land of opportunity was a dream come true, but I wanted more. I wanted to be a citizen. After 10 years of paperwork and patience I studied for the test in 2006 and became an American citizen. It is still one of the proudest moments in my life.”

Meanwhile, the third night of street protests over the police shooting of a Black man erupted into gun violence late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two people and wounding one, police said. A teenager has been detained. Social media videos showed chaotic scenes of people running and screaming amid gunfire and others tending to wounds.