Quotations of the day

“When you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” — President Barack Obama reflecting on the aspect of race after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s death.

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“This is very rare. I’ve never heard of it before. I’m not aware of any other similar incident in my 35 years in the fire service.” — Ken Willette, a division manager for the National Fire Protection Agency, after a coroner confirmed that one of the victims of the San Francisco plane crash survived the crash but was killed when she was run over by a fire truck.

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“They bring people together and they recognize that they’re not alone, that they are part of something bigger than they are, and that’s protection. It’s a sense of safety.” — Charles Figley, a professor at Tulane University, on anniversary observances like the one for victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

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