Sen. Tim Scott is correct in his July 22 commentary that we as a country must come together to address our divisive racial issues. Sen. Scott rightly pointed out that we cannot tolerate the cold-blooded murder of law enforcement officers who serve to protect us.

A civilized society will not endure in the absence of law and order or the absence of fair and impartial justice. I was disappointed that the senator failed to mention the need to end the quick-trigger response of some police officers in killing black men. Healing the racial divide must first start with leadership that is fair and unbiased.

In April of 2015, the world saw a video of the shooting death of Walter Scott. A citizen being stopped for a mundane motor vehicle violation should not result in his death.

Meaningful dialogue on healing racial wounds requires leadership from our elected officials. Civilized society must not silently stand by while its law enforcement officers are being killed; on the other hand, neither we nor our elected leaders can afford to ignore the fact that black men are being senselessly gunned down by some officers.

Sen. Scott unequivocally spoke out against the ambush shooting of the police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, but he should also have cited the deaths of Walter Scott, Philandro Castille and Alton Sterling.

I commend Sen. Scott for his confessional on the floor of the U.S. Senate and for his commentary in The Post and Courier. Too many elected officials are preoccupied with pandering and re-election so they avoid the serious topic of the racial wounds in our community, state and country.

Clinton K. Lucas

Hickory Trace Drive

Goose Creek