“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.
“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.
“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.