Last week was a very trying and painful period for all of us, as we witnessed several shooting deaths in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas. These seemingly never-ending tragedies strike a deep blow at who we are as Americans.
I offer my most heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers that tragically lost their lives in Dallas on Thursday night. I also stand with the families of the two young men that died in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN following encounters with law enforcement.
Racism has no place in a civilized society and I will continue to fight-both as a California State Senator and as your neighbor-to end discrimination and intolerance across our state and nation. Let us not rush to judgment but instead focus our energies on preventing future acts of senseless violence.
I am reminded of a fitting quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
On the heels of the attack in Orlando just last month, these most recent tragedies are a reminder that the climb towards justice will not be easy. It is nevertheless vital that we come together to both mourn the deceased and work collaboratively to move California and our nation in a direction that respects differences, celebrates diversity and honors the very real struggles of communities that also seek the ability to achieve the American Dream for themselves and their families.
Let each of us strive to love more, hate less and be kind to each other on a daily basis. After all, we are all of the same race, the human race.
Connie M. Leyva
Senator, 20th District