To the seemingly endless amount of violence plaguing our nation and world. Last week, an Army veteran opened fire on police officers who were escorting a peaceful protest through downtown Dallas, killing officers and wounding more. Later investigations and conversations with the gunman before he was killed found that he was upset over the recent deaths of black men by white police officers and sought to extract revenge. Then on Thursday evening, a truck plowed into a large crowd watching the annual Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, and its drivers later opened fire on the crowd. As of press time, officials in France believed more than 70 were dead as a result of the attack and more than 100 were wounded. Bastille Day, which commemorates the Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, is kind of like the French version of our Independence Day. The thought of such carnage on such a joyous occasion is heart-wrenching. As the gunmen were shot dead, it was not immediately clear if ISIS was again behind the attack in France, after the radical Islamic terrorist group launched coordinated attacks in November. Both the Dallas and Nice attacks are unsettling reminders that it feels as if our world is more unsettled every day.
To a new poll that found Americans believe race relations are at their worst point since the 1992 riots during the Rodney King trial. Sixty-nine percent of Americans say race relations are generally bad, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The poll, conducted from Friday, the day after the killing of five Dallas police officers, until Tuesday, found that six in 10 Americans say race relations were growing worse, up from 38 percent a year ago, the New York Times reported. Relations between black Americans and the police have become so brittle that more than half of black people say they were not surprised by the attack. Nearly half of white Americans say that they, too, were unsurprised by the episode, the survey found. Black and white Americans are also deeply divided about whether police in most communities are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than a white person. Unfortunately, it seems that our country’s leadership isn’t doing enough to pull us back together and we hope that more step up to do just that.