“All of this points to a deepening depression, both black and white alike, and the slow, still avoidable death of the one thing that holds a society together — our ‘hope.”

I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Dallas, Texas last night, and specifically the disgusting and inexcusable violence waged against Dallas Police Officers who were sworn to protect and serve.  Officers who were doing just that — providing protection and safety for others, who were protesting peacefully there.

This violent act threatens not only responsible law enforcement officials there in Dallas, but LAO the very definition of freedom; freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of belief, and our delicate balance that exists (and often flourishes) between diverse cultures and communities across this nation.

Finally and most importantly, my heart goes out the family and friends of the officers that were killed last night in a lone and isolated act of unspeakable violence. My heart goes out to the officers who were shot and wounded, the family and friends of officers that were killed, and finally, to those that lost their lives in the service of others.

We are all together.  We are all one people. Divisiveness of any form should not be tolerated.  A house divided, can not and will not stand. It is time, for a nation to come together. That healing process begins now. We need to all become bridge builders, not wall constructors.

John Hope Bryant | Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Dallas community, those who lost loved ones, and those wounded in the tragedy. For more information, read President Barack Obama’s statement to the press regarding the police shootings in Dallas, Texas.