On Justice

Dr. Omar Estrada Torres, former Associate Dean in CUA’s Office of the Dean of Students, talks about his experiences and his thoughts about yesterday’s readings in the video below.

Although the video was made a while ago, Dr. Torres mentions things going in the area of civil rights. Such issues have become even more salient since he made the video. Last year, in a speech at a memorial service for police officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas, Texas, former President Obama said,

I know that Americans are struggling right now with what we’ve witnessed over the past week. First, the shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and the protests, then the targeting of police by the shooter here — an act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred.  All of it has left us wounded, and angry, and hurt. It’s as if the deepest fault lines of our democracy have suddenly been exposed, perhaps even widened.  And although we know that such divisions are not new — though they have surely been worse in even the recent past — that offers us little comfort. . . .

If we cannot even talk about these things — if we cannot talk honestly and openly not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective, then we will never break this dangerous cycle. . . .

Can we see in each other a common humanity and a shared dignity, and recognize how our different experiences have shaped us? And it doesn’t make anybody perfectly good or perfectly bad, it just makes us human.

Whether you agree or disagree with President Obama on other issues, how can talking to one another and listening to one another’s experiences help our country? What are the obstacles to such conversations, and how can we work toward overcoming those obstacles?

Photo: “Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial” (in Washington, DC) by PBS NewsHour is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    YES, OBAMA!!! I DEFINITELY SHARE THE SAME IDEA!!! Communication is key, sharing is caring! When we are open to other people’s stories and perspectives, when we genuinely try to understand them, there can be peace. We can adequately and effectively show compassion and help those in need, and not just those we want to help in need, but to ALL in need, even those we disagree with. When we listen and when we speak, we can bring the world more and more to peace just a little bit at a time.

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