"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
This has got to stop.
Fatal shootings by police of two black males in Louisiana and one in Minnesota.
Hours later, five police officers in Dallas targeted and gunned down because of those shootings.
It seems to only be getting worse.
These, and other similar shootings, show there is still a great race relations problem in America.
It's a problem we must solve before another person is killed.
Black lives matter. That is true.
And so is the rebuttal that ALL lives matter.
A major part of the problem is that we tend to focus on our differences as people and not our similarities.
We appreciate the fact that various local organizations, including the NAACP, are providing outlets for people to talk about race relations.
Talking, marching, and peaceful protests are all good starts. But then that should be transformed into action – action that will keep people alive.
It’s frustrating to see us come together as a society right after a tragedy occurs, only to find that, weeks later, we’re back into our same old patterns.
So, no more business as usual.
Let's tackle this issue of race relations head on.
Whether that’s giving your ideas to your local politician…voting for candidates who understand that something needs to be done…or simply reaching out in friendship to a person of another color.
It’s time for real change in America.