The most pleasantly surprising response to the recent racial tensions came from Newt Gingrich, while he was participating in a Facebook live chat:
It took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years to get a sense of this. If you are a normal, white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America and you instinctively under-estimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk.
I applaud him for this statement — it is a good first step.
I also want to applaud statements from other conservatives, including from Leon Wolf, the managing editor of RedState, titled “The Uncomfortable Reason Why It Came To This In Dallas Yesterday“. Or from Matt Lewis on the Daily Caller, who wrote “In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations.”
It is surprising and intriguing to see such rhetoric from the right, especially on the day after the murder of five police officers. It’s enough to make you think even the most sturdy-seeming ideologies can be dislodged in times of crisis—and that, as horrendously sad as this week has been, it may end up being some sort of turning point.
I sincerely hope that this is a turning point.
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