As humans we share almost identical DNA. Yet we are often separated by our ethnicity, age, religion and other differences. We are taught as young kids that we are created equal, but we fail to treat each other in that manner.
We all have different talents, gifts, interests and aspirations. We must remember to allow our fellow citizens to be free, and part of that is letting our great democracy correct itself. There are a tremendous number of missteps that we make at our jobs, homes and other places.
The recent confrontations between police and citizens are just a test to see if we can unite. They are a way to see if we can be the citizens our founders wanted us to be. They are a way to see if we can be the adults our parents raised us to be. Most of all, they are a way to see if we can be the followers that our religions have taught us to be.
We must learn to be unbiased and objective. The horrors of racism will always be a stumbling block in all Americans’ psyche. But they should not be used as an excuse for a justice system that was doing the best that it could. We must always realize that change requires a wise use of time, an abundance of patience and a collectively pensive effort to make things better.
We cannot haphazardly change our policies based on a handful of cases that some consider controversial. Crime is down in America based on FBI statistics for recent decades, and we have more diversity in the people serving us than we have ever had.
We need to use these unfortunate events to discover the greatness of America — to be able to agree to disagree but not hate each other.