"In less than 72 hours, we've seen two lives, two souls, of black men dead. Now we see five lives, five souls of policemen dead and many others wounded," said Barber. "The sounds of bullets, the pictures of death and violence, we're seeing it too much. Rather than love and humanity we're seeing death and inhumanity.""We're in a Shakespearean moment," he continued. "This is a Shakespearean tragedy. You couldn't write this—that this would happen in seventy-two hours. This is violence and death gone wild."
Barber called for a return to one of the founding principles of the NAACP: nonviolence.
"Whether it's the violence and terror by those who misuse the badge or the violence and terror against those who wear the badge and are doing their sworn duty, it is wrong. Violence will only beget more violence," said Barber.