Speaker Paul Ryan, while discussing concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement during a nationally televised CNN town hall, called for Americans to have more tolerance as well as more motivation to solve the problems plaguing communities.
“People feel like they’re being discriminated against and they’re not safe because of the color of their skin,” he said, the Hill reported. “So that’s profound and because people believe that, we have to listen to that. And we have to hear about it, we have to understand it and then, instead of just talking, let’s go try solving it.”
Ryan also said Americans would do well to adopt a more open-minded attitude toward each other.
“[We should] not harden ourselves in our corners so we stop listening to each other,” he said. “Let’s make sure that we can actually hear what people are saying and understand what their problems are. And I also think we need to be respectful of each other’s different views.”
Speaking on the shooting murders of five Dallas police officers, and wounding of seven more, along with two civilians, Ryan then said law enforcement officials deserve more respect and support.
“That means you can’t blame the shooting on Black Lives Matter and you can’t also blame the bad things that a couple cops do on all of the cops,” he said. “So let’s make sure that we’re not painting people with a broad brush here. Let’s focus on paying respect to the people who are in charge of protecting our communities and then let’s use two ears, one mouth and listen to the concerns that are out there.”