I just finished watching testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, and I wanted to make mention of the perspective put forth by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). In my opinion, the clarity and focus of Swalwell’s statement highlight the need to address the systemic racism in our country, the perspectives sustain it, and the perspectives that could be used to change the attitudes that are far too prevalent in our nation, our society and our various cultures.

It certainly is difficult to conclusively legislate such changes, but, in the least, we need our legislative and national leaders and representatives to change the direction of the conversation.

Parading the various tropes and dog-whistle messaging that were voiced by Republicans during the hearing in defense of some status quo designed to assuage their base is a measure we cannot condone. For this and many other reasons I appreciate and support whole heartedly Swalwell's comments and purpose voiced in the hearing.