Do not be distracted. There are real, deep-seated, long-term issues at hand. The fires and looting will end; it will be contained from within and without. And what was manifest before and remains thereafter is where we must focus. Confronting those issues -- all the isms that have always braced against freedom and equality -- will require all the prayer, level heads, honest eyes, discerning ears, articulate tongues and loving hearts we can find. So do not dissipate all your energies in the emotional outcry. There are more battles ahead. We need our strategists planning, mapping out our course through battlefields and landmines. We need to be ready in the classrooms, courtrooms and at the ballot boxes. We need more heroes, fewer martyrs. Do not succumb to the distractions.

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