America has always been the most inclusive and generous society in history. We are far from perfect and we can improve. But we can only do that by emphasizing our common goal of equal opportunity for all and how far we've come toward it. And by lauding accomplishment and participation and help with the challenging work of getting better.
Who cares what color a person’s skin is? I certainly don’t. I'm interested in merit, achievement, character content, contribution to the community, and Patriotism. And in helping anyone I can to improve along those lines. It is a sad thing that our President so emphasizes the differences between us, rather than our overwhelming commonality. This does not help us come together.
We now have Black Lives Matter, entertained at the White House, whose basic foundation is a lie: "Hands up, don't shoot" never happened! We now have the "Ferguson effect": police forces pulling back from traditional, effective community engagement in order to avoid rabid criticism, leading to a 17 percent increase in homicides last year in the 56 largest cities. We now have the wanton and lawless murder of police officers when a cop is 18-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is likely to be killed by a police officer. We now witness the extroardinary and mounting level of black on black murders without a peep from our President, Black Lives Matter or Ms. Pingree.
The state of race relations in America is at a low in recent history. I am sad for our Country when I observe the blatant manipulation of any ethnic segment of our society for votes, while failing to serve them! The race hustler industry is a leech on their groups and our society.