Following the bloodshed of this past week, Elizabeth Warren gave a powerful response to the string of tragic events that have rocked the nation.
No. No. No. No. No. More killing solves nothing,” Warren began. “More grieving moms and dads, sons and daughters cannot bring back those we’ve already lost. Black Americans should not be killed in routine traffic stops and police officers should not be killed while protecting and serving their communities.
The Massachusetts senator said that she was “sick at heart” for all the lives that had been lost this week; both the lives of the officers who were gunned down after a night of peaceful protests in Dallas, Texas, and the black men that have died in fatal police shootings.
I am sick at heart for the families of the officers killed in Dallas yesterday. Sick at heart for the families of men shot at point-blank range in Louisiana and Minnesota. Sick at heart about those who would pull us apart at exactly the moment when we need to come together.
Warren said that just like the rest of us, she doesn’t have the magic answer for how to fix the problems facing the nation, even though she wishes she did. But she said that change needs to happen sooner rather than later.
I wish I had the answers right now to stop the very real pain that people are feeling all across the country, but I know this: change must come faster — and it must come now.
The day before, Warren addressed the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. She began by naming some of the many other lives that have been snuffed out at the hands of “those sworn to serve and protect them.”
Sandra Bland. Freddie Gray. Michael Brown. Walter Scott. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Too many more. And now Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We say their names.
We’ve seen sickening videos of black Americans shot point-blank while in custody; killed during routine traffic stops; choked to death while gasping for air – lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them.
She went on to say that although she knows “that most police officers are good people who sign up to protect their communities,” she also knows “that we can no longer ignore this ugly reality.”
I know that most police officers are good people who sign up to protect their communities. And I know I’ll never personally experience or fully understand the fear and pain that black Americans feel every day. But I also know that we can no longer ignore this ugly reality. An ugly reality where too many parents must teach their children how “to try to survive” an encounter with the police. An ugly reality where those same parents fear that even those lessons won’t be enough.
Warren once again called for change and stated very clearly that “Black. Lives. Matter.”
It’s time to change that reality. Black Lives Matter must be more than a hashtag or a trending topic every time another tragedy happens. We must all come together – right now – to make sure those three powerful words are always true: Black Lives Matter.
The country has been rocked by the tragic events of this week. On Tuesday, Sterling was shot at point blank range while pinned to the ground. On Wednesday, Castile was shot for obeying police orders while black. Thursday night, following peaceful protests in Dallas, a gunman opened fire, killing five police officers and wounding six others.
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