The ambush-sniper shooting death of five law enforcement personnel in Dallas, Texas, last week, was tragic, reprehensible and worthy of utter condemnation and rejection. Yet, not lost in discussion that triggered the Dallas tragedy were recent episodes to the systematic killing of minority - mainly Black males by white police across America, the problem of racial violence.
Dallas would not have happened had there not been episode after episode of Black men dying at the hands of white police officers from New York, to Missouri, to Minnesota, to Louisiana, to California, to Ohio, to Florida and beyond.
Therefore, while condemnation of the Dallas tragedy must be emphasized, the precipitant of Dallas and any future incidents of revenge - to wit: racial violence, must end in order to deter future tragedies. Dallas has again highlighted a national theme of focus that begs for attention and healing across the American democracy. Responding to the the tragedy in Dallas alone would not be sufficient to fixing a broader problem. The big problem of racial violence has moved from the discussion phase to a zone that demands healing.