More than a week after neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, famed neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson weighed in on the debate about race in America.
In his weekend analysis on Fox News, Carson encouraged the country to tone down the rhetoric and to realize we are not each other's enemies.
"So often we take any kind of situation that occurs today in America and we get on the different sides of it and we hurl hand grenades to each other rather than engaging in intelligent discussion," Carson said.
"This is what we need to do. Do we have a perfect system? Absolutely not. Does everybody think about things the right way? Absolutely not," he continued. "But we are never going to get there if we continue to make ourselves into enemies."
Carson also noted, "All of our opinions are based upon our lifetime experiences. And, you know, for instance, if you think somebody loves you, everything they say will be interpreted as loving. If you think somebody hates you, everything they say will be interpreted as hateful."
"And in a situation like this, I can certainly understand why there is such divergent views and I understand why there's a lot of outrage," he said.
"You have a situation where you have a young black male, walking home, not doing anything incorrect and he ends up killed and nobody suffers any consequences. On the surface, that would appear to be a gross miscarriage of justice," he continued.
"However," he added, "one also has to integrate into that the fact that we have a legal system in which we appoint jurors, in which they have access to all of the facts. We don't have access to all of the facts -- and in which they, then, make a judgment."
"It's not a perfect system," he said. "But it's the best system that we have. We have to decide whether we are willing to live with that or not."