In the aftermath of the tragedy that unfolded in Dallas, TX on Thursday night, our next president issued a statement condemning the attack on police officers as an “attack on our country.”

Donald Trump said:

We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.


Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.

Trump’s response surprised the mainstream media in its tone and even-handedness. The statement did not ignore the shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota that led to the Dallas protest rally and undoubtedly inspired the four snipers to carry out their murderous attack.

“The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done,” said Trump.


As it happens, though, there aren’t too many Americans who want to hear that message right now. If the Dallas shooters wanted to kill police officers for their own personal enjoyment, it seems they were successful. If, however, they wanted to use violence as a way of hurrying criminal justice reforms, they could not have failed more spectacularly. No one wants to talk about “Islamophobia” after a terrorist attack and no one wants to talk about “racist cops” after a sickening tragedy like the one in Texas.

But Trump is damn sure right about one thing – we must restore the rule of law.

We must give police the freedom and tools they need to proactively keep our communities secure.

We must put an end to the free-for-all that has become our border policy.

We must hold politicians to the same standard of justice we use to prosecute everyone else.

And, frankly, we must stop pretending like a handful of questionable incidents means there’s something systemically wrong with our criminal justice system. Do police officers always get everything 100% right? Of course not.

But you want to know the dirty truth about these shootings? They aren’t the product of officers scouring the streets for a black person to murder. They are the product of a situation where police officers know, from experience, that they are much more likely to face grave danger. Do blacks get treated differently by police in many circumstances? Yes. Why? Because blacks – statistically – are much more likely to put cops in a life-or-death scenario. There is no regulation or reform you can implement that will erase the instinct of self-preservation.

When blacks are no longer responsible for 50% of the violent crime in America, they will no longer be treated like a potent threat in these tense situations. Forget the moralizing. Forget the ways things “should” be. This is a fact that you can’t get around. Is it unfair to the millions of black Americans who are no more dangerous than anyone else? Hell yes. But who ever said this was a fair world?

On Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said we needed to “build more trust” between police officers and the communities they protect. Okay. Fine.

Trust, though, is a two-way street. In the two years since Michael Brown’s death, we’ve heard a thousand proposals about what law enforcement can do to improve. We’ve heard exactly nothing about what these communities can do.

Maybe the attack in Dallas can finally open the door to that conversation.

But probably not.