Yesterday, President Obama spoke in memory of the five Dallas police officers that were killed in the recent Dallas shooting.
At the interfaith memorial service, the President drew parallels between the lives of everyday people and the lives of members law enforcement, discussing the gap between us and encouraging us to come together as one to solve the racially charged issues of police brutality and distrust plaguing the nation.
The President acknowledged said massive gap between people who support law enforcement, and those who are very much questioning their role in our current society. Instead of silencing the tension between us all, he summed up what many of us are feeling in a single line: “Faced with this violence we wonder if the divides of race in America can ever be bridged.”
But, despite this recognition of what feels like such a *very* charged time, President Obama encouraged hope. “Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair,” he said. “I’m here to insist we’re not as divided as we seem. I know how far we’ve come against impossible odds.”
He pointed to the way that protesters and police officers worked together when the Dallas shooting took place. Even though the entire situation was charged, with protesters drawing attention to the need for change in our law enforcement, it was collaboration and sacrifice that ultimately saved lives.
It’s undeniable that we have so much further to go when it comes to bridging the gap between these two groups, but President Obama’s speech reminds us of our history, and of our ability to overcome even the impossible.
Watch the full speech below.