The chasm between police and Black Americans deepened. Suspicions intensified. Ultimately, Americans watched three days of living horror. Citizens now ask, “Can Americans be pro-police and pro-Black? Many think not. Yet out of our national despair we must grasp for a glimmer of hope.
Surely we can comprehend the unacceptable consequences of killing one another. Hopefully, we will summon the courage to address two issues: our prejudices and our hate talk. Both scream for reform.
- If we want our nation of values to survive, we must relinquish our ill thought out biases. Do we want to be stubbornly “right” or do we want to heal as a nation? The drumbeat goes both ways. Police fear Blacks and the Black communities suspect that all law officers are out to get them. Both groups can claim partial truths. Both alliances must also admit falsehoods. In truth, good and courageous individuals exist in both camps.