Welcome to a special edition of the Edge.
Many of us are looking for guidance on how to move forward after the tragedies last week: The cowardly ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas, and the police shootings in the days before that killed two black men, Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Obama: “We are not as divided as we seem.”
President Obama spoke at an interfaith memorial service on July 12 with the families of the slain police officers and members of the Dallas community.
Obama urged Americans to reject despair, asking them instead to forge consensus, fight cynicism and find the will to work toward a better future.
"I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem," Obama said. "And I know that because I know America. I know how far we've come against impossible odds. I know we'll make it because of what I've experienced in my own life. What I've seen of this country and its people, their goodness and decency, as president of the United States."
Obama said the killer in Dallas, the killer in Orlando and the killer in Charleston “will not drive us apart. We can decide to come together and make our country reflect the good inside us, the hopes and simple dreams we share."
Peace Laureate Wisdom Conversation on Race
You might also find more guidance by replaying a NOWCastSA video from the webcast of the San Antonio peaceCENTER’s “Living Room Conversation” on race with Peace Laureates. Imam Omar Shakir, Rabbi Samuel and Lynn Stahl, Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Rod Radle, Rosalyn Collier, and Rev. Phil Ruge-Jones.
Convener Imam Shakir used parallel stories from the Bible and the Quran to suggest what might be the origins of racism.
Cary Clack's 2013 TEDx talk: The Man Who Spoke to Martin
If you’re like me, you also might want to look to columnist Cary Clack to help guide your path. You can back and replay Cary’s 2013 TEDx San Antonio talk: The Man Who Spoke to Martin.
Cary’s talk focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and nonviolence. Dr. King’s definition of nonviolence, Cary says, was “love in action.”
Watch the video: