That was the scene yesterday in Philadelphia. And in Dallas, Texas last evening as a similar peaceful protest was wrapping up, a man out to “kill cops” shot up a protest, killing 5 police officers at last count, and wounding countless others and probably innocent bystanders.
Last night when we were getting ready for bed, the news started to break on 6 ABC the channel we were watching. I thought there must be some mistake and switched to CNN.
Surely this wasn’t real? But it was, and it was happening in Dallas.
These protests that have sprung up again were in response to a couple of inexplicable police shootings, one of which was in Minnesota. The other one was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their names were Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. They were shot dead like they were rabid animals by those sworn to protect and serve.
I can’t get my head wrapped around that. I have friends married to law enforcement professionals and soon I will have a cousin by marriage who is also in law enforcement. Like everything else, bad apples ruin the whole barrel. The people I know who bleed blue protect and serve equally. They have honor.
Then there is the ever inflammatory racial aspect to all of this.
I have friends who are black, bi-racial, and in bi-racial marriages. I don’t see the color of their skin, I see them for what they are: my friends. For me it is that simple. That is how we see each other. Why is it so ugly in this country? Have our forefathers and civic leaders throughout the centuries fought for naught?
Law enforcement agencies across the country need to address the problems in their midst. If problems did not exist, innocents would not be shot.
And then there is what happened in Dallas. An angry man’s reaction to what is happening over and over in this country repeatedly and in an unrelenting manner. Those police officers weren’t some characters in a video game. They were brave human beings who are among the legions who step out where we live every single darn day to protect and serve. And they were protecting the rights of the peaceful black lives matter protesters. When you play the video above you think it is a war zone. Only it isn’t. It is a U.S. city in “peace time”.
Only what is so damn peaceful about it? Is that what we are? A country of people who just shoot each other? Is that o.k. that this is the image we present to the rest of the world?
Don’t start in on me about the Constitutional right to bear arms. I am not disputing those rights but I honestly feel not everyone should be able to carry guns. Not all people are mentally or emotionally fit to do so, and these are the individuals who are shooting up police officers, innocent adults and CHILDREN. No one in realty is safe from this nonsense.
Everyone is at risk in this country until we stop, breathe, and come together as a nation. As in all of us. A concentrated effort towards peace.
The political talking heads are jumping on both sides of this issue, Trump and Clinton having the highest profiles doing so. I wish they would both STFU. This is not about raising their political profiles, this is about the people who keep dying. We are under siege from random acts of international terrorism and our own citizenry.
It’s true, this issue is bigger than all of us and if we do not come together this country is going to be in as bad a position as during the Civil War. Dallas is a city in shock and total lock down now. The suspected shooter is now dead. He was in the Army reserves at one time. He was young and obviously incredibly disturbed.
I understand the need for protests, but if all they do is whip people in violent frenzies where they go and shoot up innocent people, what is pray tell the point of peaceful protests?
Philadelphia has seen hundreds of protesters the past couple of days. A lot of the people are from the A.M.E. Church’s bicentennial visitors and celebrators. More will come to down during the DNC which immediately follows the A.M.E. bicentennial. The DNC is July 25th to 28th in Philadelphia. What protests will we be in store for then?
I will say flat out I am tired of the protests. I understand them but sometimes I feel like shouting at the TV “all live matter”. Look at Orlando too. We can’t forget that. Another recent massacre of U.S. Citizens on U.S. soil.
All lives do matter. It does not matter the race, creed, color, or sexual orientation. We are Americans and all of our lives matter.
ALL LIVES MATTER. We need to stop feeding the hate. And a lot of that hate is fueled by both political parties. We are in a Presidential election year so they will grab anything they can and hang on for attention. It’s not about them.
Please. Stop the hate. Stop the shootings. Stop the protests. Maybe we will never all like each other, but seriously why can’t we lay down our arms and hateful, hurtful words and try?
Haven’t enough people died from coast to coast?
Dallas needs to be the end of it.
Thanks for allowing me the vent. I find this all so upsetting and heartbreaking and unnecessary.
Peace. We need national peace.
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