And also for community members: those who are protesting, those who are not. I think the folks who write racist messages on Nextdoor, for example, have a role to play. I think people who clutch their purses when they see young black men walking in hoodies on their streets have a role to play. I think each and every one of us have to examine what role do we play, what role do we want to play? And, again, just creating a society we deserve. And a society where there's true liberty and justice for all.
I assume your child's future is at the forefront of your thinking when you say these things.
100%. I look at him — he's sweet, he's brilliant, he's kind, he's loving, he's smart. And he deserves a world where he's able to walk around the street or jog in his neighborhood ... he just deserves every opportunity that every other kid gets.
And it's heartbreaking to think that — unless we make some drastic changes in how we think and interact with each other in this country — 15, 16 years from now, this beautiful, sweet, kind boy will be looked at as a thug, a danger or as a threat. Just because he was born to black parents.
I am very hopeful. We have the opportunity to really create the country that we deserve. It won't be easy, but we can do it. And I think enough people are fed up with the way things have been to get closer to that goal. I'm excited to be a partner in that work.