"It kind of stinks that we have to be here under these circumstances, but I think this is an excellent opportunity to put on display what we would like to see in Washington. I was taught by excellent leaders the best of which being my mom and dad to do the right thing, even when it's hard. I need to fess up and admit this was a terrible error on our part. We should have caught this error and we didn't. There's no excuse."
"I believe this is the perfect opportunity to talk about my father's story. For those who aren't familiar, my father was born in the Jim Crow South. ... He's seen the horrors that racism brings. And there are still many that look like me who still haven't gotten out of the racial discrimination that holds too many people down in the city of Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, areas of this state that look like the riots happened yesterday. Areas of this state where people are in a new caste system and they're unable to get out. People who look like me who are afraid to go to different parts of town because they might get held up by someone who looks like them or somebody's who's in a uniform. We need to make sure that we're taking care of all Americans. We need to make sure that we're giving the police the training and the resources they need. And being a black man being raised by Southern Democrats, I recognize that nobody owns patriotism, nobody owns social justice. We are all Americans, and we have to do both."
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