Police shooting: Thoughtful discourse needed


Two very different lives.

Two paths to a tragic event.

Two men quite probably equally afraid.

Two pair of shoes.

Perhaps all it takes is an editorial cartoon to convey in a simple image and two short sentences the bigger message of what this community needs at a time like this.

As the people of Louisville work to understand the shooting death of Sudanese refugee Deng Manyoun by police Officer Nathan Blanford on Saturday, it is fitting that our contributing editorial cartoonist, Marc Murphy, reminds us that we should walk a mile in each of their shoes before we proceed as a community.

Yes, over the coming months we should re-examine the policies and training we give our police — and whether we’re willing to spend more tax dollars to ensure we have the best trained force.

Yes, over the coming months we also should reconsider how we treat mental illness and addiction — and whether we’re willing to spend more tax dollars to help those in need.

And, over the coming months we should discuss how we welcome refugees into our “compassionate city” as our population grows more diverse.

But we will only get to the right answers if we begin by walking a mile in many sets of shoes.

Taking that walk now also could reduce hasty conclusions that are spreading rapidly, especially on social media.

We’ve taken the unusual step of putting this cartoon and editorial on the front page to encourage all readers to walk in others’ shoes and start a conversation that is civil and productive.

Courier-Journal, Louisville

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