editorial 34 THE QUEENS COURIER • JULY 14, 2016 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com SNAPS QUEENS CITIFIELD AT DUSK // PHOTO BY STEPHEN REINA Send us your photos of Queens and you could see them online or in our paper! Submit them to us tag @queenscourier on Instagram, Facebook page, tweeting @queenscourier or by emailing email@example.com (subject: Queens Snaps). Making a more perfect union today One of the biggest myths about debate in our country is that someone who stands for one thing can’t possibly also support some part or even all of the alternative. These days, everything is so starkly divided, and it seems there are only two sides to every issue, regardless of its complexity. Why can’t a Queens resident be supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement AND also be supportive of the law enforcement community? Neither idea is mutually exclusive. We are all reeling from a brutal week in our nation’s history, one that began with reports of two more police-involved shootings caught on tape in Louisiana and Minnesota in which trigger-happy offi cers took the lives of black men who posed no immediate threat to them. It culminated with what was, for all intents and purposes, a terrorist attack in Dallas, Texas, in which a mad gunman shot and killed fi ve police offi cers who were on duty at a protest rally over the police-involved shootings. Acts of murder are not acts of justice. Violence only begets violence. No one should ever consider homicide, no matter who commits it, as an acceptable means to justify an end. The Declaration of Independence signed 240 years ago acknowledged that all men are created equal, and to this day, we’re still struggling to fully achieve such basic equality. We need to recognize that we are not living in a post-racial society; we still have a long way to go. If recognition of the problems we have is the fi rst step toward solving them, the second step must be having conversations on large and small scales. The NYPD, in light of the Eric Garner and Akai Gurley police-involved deaths, is actively working to try and build a better relationship between its offi cers and the communities they serve. This effort must be duplicated by law enforcement agencies across the country to build a sense of trust that is frayed beyond belief at the present moment. Americans of all races, colors and creeds should be able to feel secure when stopped by a police offi cer for whatever the reason. Police offi cers should also feel secure that the neighborhood has their back in a variety of ways, largely through increased communication and cooperation. The majority of Americans, including police offi cers and those in the Black Lives Matter movement, believe in a criminal justice system that provides “equal justice under the law” for everyone, regardless of who they are. They also fi rmly realize that the vast majority of police offi cers are good people who work hard every single day to keep them safe. Comments from people like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani — who called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” — serve only to undermine the overall objective of creating a safer and more just America. We support a more equal justice system; we support our local police. You can, and should, do both. 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