RNC head: 'We are better than racial division’
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The chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) says Americans must set aside their racial differences after the sniper attack in Dallas.

“Now is a time when we must come together as Americans,” Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE said in a statement released Friday.

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“We are better than racial division, senseless violence and feelings of lost hope,” he added. "Now is the time for strong leadership that includes everyone in the same, shared vision of the American dream.

“In every era, America has shown an extraordinary capacity to rise above even the bleakest tragedies. Let us work together, let us heal together and let us stay together.”

Priebus said Thursday’s violence in Dallas is linked with the death of two black men in separate encounters with police earlier this week.

“Last night’s disturbing and cold-blooded violence in Dallas, resulting in the deaths of five brave police officers and the wounding of seven more, was an ugly continuation of a week of tragedies which have shaken our country,” he said.

“All life is precious and it grieves us to see it lost in the many ways it has been this week,” Priebus added. "All of these tragedies need to be investigated and justice needs to be served in an open and transparent manner.

“It is deeply troubling what is happening in our country, and this dark and divided time must come to an end. We must seek understanding with one another, and work as one nation to prevail over injustice over all its forms. Americans want to see our differences resolved in non-violent ways.”

Five police officers were killed and seven more were injured by sniper fire late Thursday in Dallas, the worst attack on police since 9/11.

The bloodshed came amid protests against law enforcement using lethal force against black men in two separate incidents earlier this week.

Alton Sterling, 37, died Tuesday during a confrontation with police at a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La.

Philando Castile, 32, was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop over a broken taillight in Falcon Heights, Minn.