By: Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
This August, over 500 of America’s most capable and accomplished athletes will march into the Maracana Stadium together during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony under the banner of the American flag. On the playing field, the backgrounds of these athletes do not matter. They are each other’s support, friends, and teammates. They are all Americans.
The camaraderie, love, and unity we celebrate during the Olympics is America at its best and is the America we hope to experience in cities, neighborhoods, and households around our country. However, nothing can obscure the suffering caused by the recent deaths in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas–as well as the anxiety produced by the protests that surrounded them. All of the turmoil leads us to wonder about the future of our country.
As elected leaders, the burden is on us to set an example that looks past politics and considers above all what is best for our nation as a whole. That is why two unlikely partners — a Democratic African American civil rights leader and a Republican Caucasian law enforcement veteran — have come together to say enough is enough.
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