In the days since George Floyd’s tragic and horrifying death, America has been rocked by an unprecedented rush of anger, frustration, anxiety and fear.
Even in the midst of this turmoil, we can look in the mirror and confidently remind ourselves that the United States of America remains the greatest nation in the world. But, like all great societies, we have dark sins swept under the rug. The ultimate evil of those sins is racism, and even as past generations made painfully slow but nonetheless hard-fought progress, it continues to plague our nation.
Racism can only be defeated by wholesale societal change – a groundswell amongst the people. It requires each of us to step up and be our own best selves. As the pendulum swings back to lawful demonstrations and we take a step back from the brink of anarchy, raw emotions are crystalizing into nascent political movements. One proposal has swept to the forefront of the conversation: the call to #AbolishThePolice. Major cities are taking steps to defund or even abolish local law enforcement agencies.
Rational Americans understand that good people can fight racism and support local police at the same time. We know that most of America’s police are upstanding servants of the community. Incidents of unjust violence by police have decreased dramatically over the years. Police officers around the country put their lives on the line to protect citizens on a daily basis – most recently showcased by their work on the frontlines against the coronavirus, which has cost over 100 officers their lives. No elected official from either party should accept the false choice of fighting racism or supporting the police.
Today, President Trump signed an executive order, which will take steps to make immediate and effective improvements to our policing system and precincts across the country. Thank you, President Trump, for your leadership in taking proactive steps to improve our law enforcement system. Click here to view and to read more on the President’s actions.
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