After meeting privately with the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was recently shot by a white police officer, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden listened to Kenosha residents voice their concerns. (Sept. 3)
BARB DEBERGE: I know legally why a lot of officers who kill black men and women are not held legally responsible-- criminally legally responsible for their actions. Because the law protects them. I recognize that, and I know that. I don't agree with it, but I recognize that and I know that.
ANGELA CUNNINGHAM: I look at the buildings in our community that are gone and I just-- I don't think-- I don't think I've really grieved as much as I feel I should because I just-- being a business owner, I have to keep going.
JOE BIDEN: The words of a president matter. No matter whether good, bad, or indifferent, they matter. No matter how competent or incompetent the president is, they can send a nation to war, they can bring peace, they can make markets rise or fall. And they can do things that, I've observed, can make a difference just by what they say.
People are beginning to figure out who we are as a country. This is not who we are. This is not who we are. So the first point I want to make to you all is, I am not pessimistic. I am optimistic about the opportunity-- if we seize it.