As racial tensions continue to escalate in the wake of the tragic deaths in Dallas and Baton Rouge and Minnesota , we are seeing a polarization of opinion by extreme elements in this ongoing debate.
You are either with us, or you are with the enemy , is a rallying cry often used by political leaders , and we should be concerned about the divisive nature of such comments.
There are those who insist that if you are ‘pro Police’, then you are against ‘Black Lives Matter’, and if you support ‘Black Lives Matter’, you must see the Police as the enemy.
Not only are these two mantras wrong, they are counterproductive to finding a solution to racial inequality.
To suggest that all white cops are racist is absurd , just as absurd as the idea that young, black males are gun toting trouble makers.
Yet there are leaders on both sides who try to perpetuate these stereotypes.
We need to have an honest discussion about the fact that racism and bigotry still exist in our society and, in fact, there are those who fan the flames of hatred to satisfy their own twisted ideology.
We can’t let radical elements on either side of this issue drive the agenda.
All lives matter, and those who preach otherwise, choose to divide us, not unite us.