George W. Brush gives a five-minute speech on the Dallas police deaths
I don’t much care for George W. Bush, but this tribute is really well done and well delivered:
From his speech:
Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates too quickly into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.
President Obama also gave a great speech:
From President Obama’s speech:
Can we see in each other a common humanity and a shared dignity? … I don’t know. I confess that I too sometimes experience doubt … If communities are mistrustful of the police, that makes those law enforcement officers who are doing a great job, and are doing the right thing, it makes their lives harder. So, when people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean ‘blue lives’ don’t matter, it just means all lives matter. But right now, the big concern is the fact that data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives, this is recognizing that there is a particular burden being placed on a group of our fellow citizens. And we should care about that. We can’t dismiss it. We can’t dismiss it.