Two weeks of searching with in me to how to write on the Baton Rouge, Minnesota shooting; then comes the Dallas cop killings, follow by information about a plan to attack Baton Rouge police and now Sunday’s killing of Baton Rouge police. In the midst of finding my voice, I am once again at a lost. My dilemma, research that could anger. Two weeks of research I have debated myself on, many days on whether to write or trash it, and now three more police killed in Baton Rouge. (For the moment due to the latest shooting any blogging on would have been a series of blogs that content will be put off hold). However even as I thought of those series of blogs, I sought to shed light on only those bad cops, but emphasizing that these are the reflections of only a few.
I am a realist and a dreamer. I am realist because I prefer to see things as they are, but I am dreamer in hopes of making things better than what they are
The realist is open to the truth and real solutions. I prefer not the sugar coat method, but unfortunately not everyone is able to deal with the truth the right way. For example these police shooters are not an answer but a hindrance. They are not martyrs but an obstruction. There is someone who think the police had this coming to them. You too are an obstruction to any real solutions. Any supporting of these shooting of police only encourages others to do the same. Any hint of justifying these shootings makes you no better than the shooter or the police killing innocent people.
The dreamer says instead of a society praying for riches, success, instant gratification; we must become a society whose foundation is built on common sense. You need no degree and the cost is free.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
You can’t get beyond good if your sugar coat the situation.
It was 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘I have Dream’. The African-American Civil Rights Movement spanned from 1954–68. Sometime after 1968 we grew complacent and we learned to accept things as they are.
While we mourn the death of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the Officers killed we still need real solutions. Real solutions come from real discussions, truth, and the reality that some of the stuff put out by certain bad cops or bad police leaders continue to divide us.
‘Black Lives Matters’ doesn’t mean protesters have little disregard for the lives of others and the police. Neither does the phrase BLM mean protesters have little disregard for ‘Black on Black crime’. Unlike some of these police shooting an African-American killing another human will go to jail.
There are plenty of good police and we must not be a society willing to punish all for the actions of the bad ones.
My research shows there are those that dominate the conversation encouraging divide among the Police and supporters of ‘Black Lives Matter’. Even before the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ existed there were some bad cops trying to divide us.
Solutions that call for changing minds may take time and yes, there needs to be an open conversation with police; but that does not mean we can’t do something right away. We can Vote. We can and must Vote. Whether you believe it or not ‘Voting Matters’.
From your state police, prosecutors down to you local police; politics plays a very important role. We are truly missing out on everything that can be done if we don’t get register to vote and go vote in every elections.
In-spite of the killings there are many who support and respect the police. We only interested in removing the bad apples. I haven’t forgotten that FBI warning of white supremacist infiltration of our police.
Whether you pray about it, protest it, write about, discuss it on social media, talk to friend or family members; what ever you do ‘Go Vote’, because ‘Votes Matter’.