In an op-ed at The Hill, Leader Joe Chuman examines the threat of racism far beyond just police behavior, and the urgent necessity of fighting it entirely in this moment:
Yes, we need to rigorously investigate every incident of the police killing black men. We need to reform police practices. But I fear that until the persistence of racism and hatred in the American fabric is radically mitigated, police killings will inevitably continue.
American society is at a great watershed. We can either move in the direction of continued divisiveness, tribalism, distrust, intolerance, fear and hatred. Or, we can move our society in the direction of greater inclusiveness, of an enlightened cosmopolitanism in which we can exercise our local allegiances if we choose, but at the same time open ourselves up to embrace those outside our immediate community in a spirit of respect for the other, an appreciation for difference and an abiding commitment to justice and equality for all.