It took a great deal for me to finally sit down and write this article, because there a lot of personal feelings associated with this subject. Nonetheless (with that said), we’ll press forward, and hope to bring a deeper perspective to a movement that has found itself at a critical juncture.
When I first heard of the movement “Black Lives Matter”, I automatically had a knee-jerk reaction to just the statement alone. To me, “all” human lives matter. The BLM movement seemed to only focus on several shooting involving white police officers, and black defendants.
With my personal background in law-enforcement, I was also aware of the fact that in some of these cases, resisting arrest/none-compliance with PD was at the core of many of the incidents.
Also, Travone Martin was not shot by a police officer, but by a “neighborhood-watch” wannabe cop who failed to follow the police’s instructions not to engage Martin.
Long-story short, that ill-advised confrontation led to Martin’s death. George Zimmerman (the shooter) was acquitted in a well-publicized jury trial.
Then there was Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri where there were conflicting accounts of what transpired. One set of witnesses stated that Brown was surrendering with his hands up.
Then other witnesses stated that Brown charged the officer’s cruiser, attempting to grab his service weapon whereas a struggle ensued leading to Brown’s death. No charges were bought against the officer involved in the shooting.
In fact, the DOJ investigated the matter and sided with the grand jury that decided “not” to indict the said police officer, but did find other issues which negatively reflected on the Ferguson police department.
So too me, the aforementioned incidents were not substantial enough to facilitate such a movement as BLM. But then I needed to think even deeper and harder.
In addition to this, there were other incidents that occurred that seemed to take on a very weird twist such as the Sandra Bland case in Texas, Eric Garner in NY, and several other cases that looked very suspicious. Not to mention the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore MD that sparked even more unrest.
In the Gray case, it took nearly a year before I was able find out “why” Gray was engaged with the police at all.
It was also apparent to me that Gray was the one who put himself in the position by being involved in the commission of a crime. But did he have to die? Did the riots in Baltimore achieve anything at all???
Things have now reached a boiling point with the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge LA, and Philando Castile in Minnesota. These two deaths had “serious” implications of “racial profiling”, and poor police work.
Now what we witnessed in Dallas (the murder of 5 police officers) was an even greater tragedy, and the work of a psychotic individual who took his hatred too far while using BLM movement as his inspiration. Now we have 3 more officers dead on Baton Rouge LA.
The BLM movement is getting even more criticism for these events as well. Nonetheless, I still needed to NOT jump to conclusions about BLM, but to think even more.
Let’s get this straight first and foremost. I am, and will always be AGAINST the killing of police officers. These are my brothers in blue who I served with as a PI, and LP manager for many years. I will always have their back.
I was so glad to hear chief David Brown of the Dallas PD state “I would do it again” when it came to protecting the lives of the officers in his command (regarding the use of lethal force against the shooter in Dallas).
And the shooter in LA also signed his death warrant when he engaged police officers in a shootout after taking 3 of their own.
Yes, I am pro police! But I do not condone or support “poor” police work, and bad or dirty cops. Bad police, and bad policing gets good police officers killed period….
Chief Brown also stated that there are police officers wearing the uniform who do not need to be wearing that uniform. 98 to 99% of our police officers are there to do-their-job by serving and protecting their communities. It is the other 1 to 2% that need to get weeded out (per chief Brown).
When psychopathic killers decide to take-out police officers, they destroy the means by which we have as US citizens to maintain, and enjoy our rule of law.
This rule, is what keeps us safe, and out of the hands of the animals and marauders who wish to bring us to “lawlessness”.
The killing MUST come a to a complete END, if we wish to win the struggle against a system that has been proven to be stacked against minorities, and the disenfranchised.
This is where I can hear and feel the pain associated with the BLM movement. This country has a shameful history in how it has discriminated against blacks and minorities.
This goes all-the-way back to the US constitution which declared blacks as 1/3 of a human being. It goes back to the time when the KKK (with help by law enforcement) continued their tyranny on blacks with burnings and lynching in the south.
It goes back to when cops trolled black neighborhoods, and brutalizing minority communities in southern California which led to the birth of the Black Panther Party.
It goes back to when the efforts of many movements against gang violence (some successful, and some not) did not get the media attention it deserved (because apparently black lives did not matter as much).
It also goes back to when the murder and/or abduction of a white victims would get front page news, but the minority victims get shoved to the back page. Why? Because apparently black lives do not matter.
Our criminal justice system is filled with cases where minorities (charged with similar crimes as whites) get “far-more” severe sentences than their white counterparts. Because, black lives do not matter as much.
We find that minorities are denied housing, and financing in a system that is rigged against them because, black live do not matter. Education, and employment is denied to minorities because, Black Lives do not Matter.
The event in 1960 that inspired Jessie Jackson to get involved in civil rights was when he was “DENIED” the use of a library in Greenville SC, and the police were there to arrest him if he refused to leave.
Months later, Jackson returned with 7 other activists to use the said library and was arrested. These were what history refers to as “The Greenville 8”
So it is “in-fact” TRUE that we have witnessed a system that has decidedly been against the advancement of minorities which has led to much consternation in the minority community. But, it still “does-not” justify the killing of our law-enforcement officials.
These actions are what the white nationalist and white supremacists want. 911 brought a fear and hatred of Islam like we’ve never seen before. And led us to the “Patriot Act” which has diminished many of our civil liberties.
We can’t let the atrocities of a few lead us into yet another relinquishment of rights and liberties that makes us great as a nation.
The Manson family in the 60s committed the barbaric murders of the Tate and LaBianca in hope of starting a race war “Helter-Skelter”. It didn’t work!
Let us not fall into the trap of a few rogue cops and psycho-killers to lead us into a dark period. We must reach for hope, and understanding. We must have a “serious” dialogue with each other about race past, present, and future.
Confront our wrongs, reach for what is RIGHT. We should listen to Alton Sterling’s son who encouraged the protests to be peaceful, and done “the-right-way”. This will enable us to see “Progress For Tomorrow” …