- - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It is hard to not be discouraged by the unrelenting division and widespread violence in our country.

Black Lives Matter. White Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter. Our ancestors would be ashamed.

This is not the America distinguished leaders like former President Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent their lives fighting for.

As former President George W. Bush said earlier this week, “At times it seems likes the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together.”

We must stop dividing and come together for the future of our nation.

“Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions,” Mr. Bush continued.

How can we create unity if we continue to drive wedges between groups of people?

Despite common misconception, the success of one group of Americans does not mean the necessary destruction of another group.

Saying all lives matter does not mean that black lives do not matter or that white lives do not matter, but rather that each and every one of us are human beings deserved of equal protection under the law.

Just as we are equal under the law and equal in the eyes of God, we need to be equal in the eyes of each other.

As President Barack Obama stated last week, “We cannot let the actions of a few define us all.”

Political disagreements aside, Mr. Obama is right.

We cannot be too quick to judge those around us based off of the actions of an unrepresentative group of others.

We must generate a sense of community for our brothers and sisters of all races, ages, genders, religions and professions.

Let’s stop thinking about how to advance only some Americans and work to rise together, as communities, as friends, as brothers and sisters and as the United States of America.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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