In these times when the media is fueling racial hatred, is the exact time that we need our President to rise to his true task of leadership and demonstrate morale courage. Here is the message I would write for the President to deliver if I were his Press Secretary:

“Hello & good evening my fellow Americans. As your President, I sit here as a man who is half Caucasian and half Black. I am the promise and symbol of a nation who has and can continue to come together. Can we as a nation emulate that fact; a fact which resides within myself as the leader of the greatest nation on Earth?

“We have tested our resolve to end hatred through a civil war and through a civil rights movement. While our nation is not perfect, we must trust that our judicial system attempts its best to render justice. It has never been perfect, and may never be.

“But to further hate and recrimination cannot be the resolution to the recent upsets. While we all have opinions, factually the job of justice for George Zimmerman was legally assigned and duly appointed to a jury of 6 Americans, overseen by an judge who saw testimony and evidence that we did not ourselves examine fully. I am not here to pass judgement either way on the evidence or the verdict. I am here to urge you to think before we react irrationally.

“We have made great strides in the area of racial justice, and we know that more work needs to be done. But we cannot achieve that higher state of justice through hate, violence and the further destruction of life and property.

“I am asking all Americans to reflect on the progress we have made and the progress we need to embrace to further the promise that all Men are created equal. Regardless of your religious heritage, we cannot look to hate as the answer to our problems. All acts of hate and violence only deepen the divide and do not bring us closer to answers or resolution.

“In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who demonstrated clearly through his peaceful actions and words, said, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’” I ask you to reflect upon those words, to pray on those words and to look on how each of us can bring about a better, more peaceful and just America.

“May God bless America and those who seek to live by those words and to help us find a better path to peace and understanding”

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