Sunday, July 10, 2016
We Will Never Fully Understand
Republican Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, made the following statement about the recent tragedies in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas:
"...Marco Rubio's statement about the Dallas shooting and police brutality was shockingly on point and measured. Rubio spoke on Friday at a press conference in Doral, Florida.
He began by saying that anyone who's not African American will "never fully understand the experience of being black in America, but we should all understand why our fellow Americans in the African American community are angry."
Rubio then moved on to discuss the specific videos of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling this week, while acknowledging that Black Lives Matter is about more than a few incidents.
"Despite decades of progress on many fronts, millions of our fellow Americans feel they are treated differently, and they are scared," he said. Rubio laid out the the foundations for Black Lives Matter better than almost anyone I've seen yet — which is is pretty surprising. But he didn't just talk about how Americans need to acknowledge the fear of law enforcement.
He also spoke to how dangerous police officers' jobs are and how human experience and error plays into their job. And also about how the public discourse surrounding these shootings is divisive and unproductive.
The rest is HERE.
Our late friend, Sheria Reid, wrote THIS:
The New Racism: Denial
Rational Nation USA has a post up that everyone should read.
And for people who think violence against police is on the rise, here's a chart that shows the opposite: