The deaths of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are deepening racial tensions that have reached one of their worst points in decades. They also add to the string of sad situations that have strongly affected law enforcement.
With these deaths, the number of police officers murdered during shootings this year is 31—a growing phenomenon that isn’t ending.
At the same time, the voices of those who exploit deep racial divisions are strengthening, all with the presidential campaigns in full swing.
We reiterate our call for both parties to echo a message of unity that benefits everyone. We condemn those who take advantage of these incidents to gain followers and votes in a tense environment.
We also join those who are calling for sanity and promoting reasonable, peaceful solutions that derail agitators and intolerant people.
The start of the political conventions, the Republican Party’s this Monday in Cleveland and the Democratic Party’s on the 25th in Philadelphia, is the perfect time for the political class to take the fierce bull of police abuse by the horns and seek a path that allows all of us to regain our tranquility.
Our participation as voters and members of this society must include rejecting vindictive attitudes.
But we must also strengthen the principles of freedom and respect for others.
There is no point in demanding a quick solution “from the top” if we in our daily lives don’t become more tolerant and less violent, and don’t get rid of harmful prejudices like racism, which prevent us from progressing as a society and as individuals.
We can’t simply call for a better society and not actively participate in building a future for everyone, by respecting the differences that are an active part of this great country.
Racial issues have always been at the center of social dynamics in the United States. Thanks to the contributions of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people like us, there have been gains that not long ago were just utopian.
We must give our support to the authorities who make it possible to have the order that leads to our progress, but also report the acts of abuse of violent people who feel that they’re above the law. The law applies to everyone and more importantly, must be respected by those whose job is to enforce it.
Let’s demand their respect and also respect our fellow citizens!