In his appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland praised the efforts of activists and officials throughout the South to the end the use of the Confederate flag. But he cautioned that it “simply is not enough.”
“Now we must begin to address racial disparities and inequalities themselves,” Cummings said. “And I think that’s the most important thing. Again, it’s good to take the flag down, but now we have to move beyond that.”
Cummings asked that the nation address “things that go to the quality of life of African Americans and other people.” Namely, unemployment, healthcare, education, and criminal justice reform.
His prediction for Baltimore? He doesn’t think it “will ever be the same.”
“Is it going to be easy? No, it’s not going to be easy.” he added. “Dealing with problems that have been systemic for so long. It’s going to be very difficult.”
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