It is time for a good long look in the mirror

A Thorn in the Flesh

There really are no words to describe what we have witnessed in America over the last four days. The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by the police were a stunning reminder of long simmering issues of race that we as a nation have failed to resolve. The subsequent marches in major cities demonstrate the anger at the continued killing of African-American men by police.

However, what we saw in Dallas last night is beyond explanation, for just as we can be outraged by the action of a very small minority of police officers, we are equally outraged at the cold-blooded murder of the police who have sworn to defend and protect us. No amount of anger can justify the taking of innocent blood, no amount.

Unfortunately, the reality is that this mess is of our making, you and me. For too long we have allowed racism within our…

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