Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” yesterday. The following are some of his comments:
“I think we have to be careful about whatever we say these days that goes from our leaders to what people put on Facebook … because I do think people have a tendency to act on certain things…
“A lot of people don’t understand what it’s like for African American men and boys to know that at any moment you’re going to be pulled over and that your life could end.”
Cummings was asked what he would tell a young black man for how to live his life:
“I would tell him that he’s going to have a lot of barriers to get to where he has to go, but that he can make it. And I would tell him to do everything in his power to get a good education, but I would also tell him to be careful in everything he does.”
“They don’t understand that there’s pain when these things happen in the African American community,” he said. “But there’s also pain by African Americans when police are murdered like they were in Dallas.