BEN SHAPIRO (EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, THE DAILY WIRE): We're in serious trouble. And the reason we're in serious trouble is not because people are protesting police brutality. We all agree, police brutality is bad. We all agree racism is bad. And we should all agree that looting and rioting is bad. The big problem here is that you have one side that is driving a narrative that America is systemically racist, evil, corrupt to its core — the 1619 Project mentality, and that has been writ large for an enormous percentage of the population.
And now it seems that if you say no — America’s actually a wonderful place. And all the flaws in our history, deep as they may be, horrible as they may be, American history is about correcting those laws and returning to a founding philosophy that we strayed from — that's where our sins lie. If you say that, then you are immediately labeled part of the problem, as opposed to part of the solution.
You cannot have a country that is a nation in any way, when people perceive it as a series of self-interested groups attacking one another. And that's exactly the sort of narrative that is being perpetuated by the media and by Democratic politicians and by celebrities — but I repeat myself three times there.