The growing racial tensions over officer-involved shootings that have racked the country in recent days, from Dallas to Minneapolis to Baton Rouge, are not going to be defused without a concerted effort on the part of everyone involved, which is everyone in this country.
As President Obama has said, there is a problem that needs addressing.
Broadcasters remain the "go to" medium for local news and public service in their communities and can be a part of the solution -- or at least part of figuring out what the solution is.
They should join with cable news outlets to televise -- and roadblock if necessary -- a town hall meeting or meetings between communities and the police sworn to protect and serve. ABC’s Nightline at one time had something of a corner on a thoughtful, interactive approach to important issues, so perhaps Ted Koppel could be enlisted to moderate such an effort.
Presidential candidates could drop their gloves and agree that this is no time to point fingers, but instead join hands to find a way to heal and move forward.
And perhaps network news magazines could rest the "cheerleaders murdered over spring break" investigations for a spell to focus on the issue of race relations in this country.