You cured cancer? Prove it. You captured a space alien? Where is he. But some lies are easy to tell, if one doesn't feel a twinge of shame about lying, because they defy proof and exist only in our belief. Following the tragedy of Micah Johnson's murder of five Dallas cops, Police Chief David Brown spoke the words that gave the appearance that he and his force would rise above the petty outrage.
Sounding stern but frustrated, he used blunt words to urge people to reach out and support police, specifically challenging those who marched in protest of the recent slaying of black men by officers to help build a better society.
"Serve your community; don't be a part of the problem," he said. "We're hiring. Get off of that protest line and put your application in."
While others accused, castigated the protesters who they blamed for fostering the hatred that produced killers, Brown offered an alternative.
"I've been black a long time," Brown said in response to a reporter's question about improving race relations in Dallas.