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Saying "black lives matter" recognizes institutional racism

I want to say this just as clearly as I can: BLACK LIVES MATTER. In recent weeks, some politicians have said, "ALL lives matter." And when the audience responded critically, they seemed surprised and confused.

I'm sure those politicians meant well and did not intend to offend anyone. But what they failed to confront and recognize is the reality of institutional racism.

Saying "black lives matter" does not mean we think black lives matter more than anyone else's. It means we recognize that "black lives matter" as much as anyone else's--and for far too long, that hasn't been the case.

But now--in light of what's been happening with frightening frequency all around the country--acknowledging that "black lives matter" has assumed a special urgency. So while it is obviously true that all lives matter, here is another and equally obvious truth: In far too many cases, the police treat people who look like me differently than they treat people who look [black].

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate race: Center of Hope Baptist Church speech , Aug 9, 2015

We should see our diversity as an asset

It's time for a new generation of leaders to step forward with a new agenda for our country. Now, more than ever, Ohio needs leaders who embrace technology and innovation; who see our diversity as an asset; and who are committed to engaging and empowering the public.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, PGSittenfeld.com , Apr 1, 2015

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