The Black Lives Matter movement has gotten carried away. Yes black lives matter, but so does every other life as well. What in hindsight might be a way to get the dialogue going has been hijacked by a bunch of extreme bigoted people. The premise of the whole movement has become an excuse for hate from these people. Hate towards cops and hate towards all those who don't follow their extreme beliefs.
Hate filled rhetoric gives vulnerable individuals motivation to carry out these heinous crimes. There are so many people in this country, in this world, that are teetering on the the verge of breaking the law. When you start marching and asking for the murder of Police Officers, you are giving them motivation to cross the line of right and wrong. You are showing these individuals that black lives matter more than the police, regardless of their skin color. You are giving these vulnerable people the go ahead to do wrong.
I challenge anyone involved in this movement to answer this question. If black lives really do matter to you, then why aren't you organizing marches up and down the inner cities chanting for the gangs and thugs to leave your city? Just across the river from me in St. Louis, MO they are going to obliterate the homicide rate from last year. They already topped it months ago. The only question is how high is it going to climb? I can tell you every night on the news there is a report of someone being gunned down. I'm sorry, but ISIS has nothing on the gangs in St. Louis. Just a few miles away in Ferguson, MO is where the whole movement started. Come on people! Basically, what you're telling me is it's alright to kill your own, just as long as it's not done by a cop.
There is a chance that the premise of the movement did have some merit in the very beginning. Many black lives are getting cut short, but not because of cops. Black lives are getting cut short because of black on black crime. Some extreme individuals took this as an opportunity to change the narrative of the real problem facing many black inner city youth. That problems is low unemployment, lack of education, lack of two parent homes and gang occupiers. The problem is not the cops. If "Black Lives" do matter, then please tell me again, why are you not walking up and down the streets of the most dangerous inner city streets in America?
The question is, why after what we know now about the Michael Brown incident do we still want to persecute any cop that takes the life of a criminal? Michael Brown was not innocent. Officer Darren Wilson did what he was supposed to do in that situation, which was use deadly force as a last alternative. Is it ironic cops are protecting the rights of the same people who are calling for their deaths?
Look, I love cops. You couldn't pay me enough to be a cop. These men and women go out every single shift knowing this might be their last. Unfortunately for many lately, this is becoming an all true reality. As I write this, another cop was gunned down in Northern Illinois.
Cops serve and protect. How many other occupations are out there that would risk their own life to save the life of someone they don't know? What do you think the percentage of cops in this country is who would take a bullet for an innocent victim? This is probably low, but I would say it has to be around ninety-five percent. So much hate for cops, but they would still risk their lives to protect you.
Change the narrative to an All Lives Matter movement, which includes our law enforcement. Change the narrative now and demand the inner city gangs give up their weapons and either become law abiding citizens or leave. If all cities did this, sooner or later there will be no safe haven for these thugs. Demand the right for your child to be able to attend school, play in their front yard, walk down the sidewalk or play in the park without the fear of being hit by a stray bullet. Demand it now!
Demand to get rid of the saying "Snitches get stitches" and work as a community with the local police to weed out these bad individuals. Demand the most for your cities, the best teachers, thriving businesses and mutual respect between community members to get this done. Honestly, it's not that hard!
Unfortunately, there are people in this country on both sides of the political parties who are making this more difficult. It's the only reason they are elected year after year. They want to keep poor people poor, and oppressed peopled oppressed. It's really a sad reality that our political system has come to this. It's all about keeping their voting base. Enough is enough though.
When I first meet someone, the first thought that crosses my mind is always going to be the color of their skin. It's the first thing I see. That first thought doesn't matter though. The thought that matters is every single thought that proceeds the first one.
Think about those two statements for a bit and see how truly right they are.
Thanks for reading!