As people of faith, we are sad and disheartened at the events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas and elsewhere this past week. At our Unitarian Universalist worship service last Sunday, we recognized all the lives lost, and many tears were shed.
We acknowledge the fear that Black people feel, particularly young Black men, when confronted by the police. We also acknowledge the fear that police officers feel in the same situations. Steps must be taken to change the systems of oppression and culture of violence, which allow these conditions to persist.