It seems like every day something new goes wrong.
I like to approach these sort of statements with a sense of objectivity, carefully planned with a sense of overall compassion for all of humanity. I wait a day or two, let the media sort itself out, before approaching the world with my own ideas. I want the truth before I inject my opinion into it, no matter how I feel. I wrote a little on Alton Sterling when the news first came out, but filed it away until I had a better understanding of the situation. The night of the Dallas incident, I wrote till 3 am, but I held off on making any opinion, because the truth is the most important part of all of this.
In the past, I’ve always been very firm on my stances. I was always on the side of humanity rather than one side hating another. I felt justified and proud of this, for reasons I feel are fairly clear cut and needn’t be explained.
This is is a bit more difficult, and perhaps the truth is, I simply don’t know what to say.I am not a strongly opinionated man.
The truth is, the only opinion I have is that we need to care for everyone equally. And by equally I do not mean split to small values amongst us all, but rather approach each person with the affection you would give a brother or sister.
But I digress from such novel ideals.
I don’t believe I have to speak much on what happened in Dallas, and the events preceding it. All were tragedies. All were losses felt by humanity. All made me stop and bow my head in respect of lives lost, as I hope the rest of you did. But I think we need to focus on the aftermath.
There is a quote from the Daily Show’s current host Trevor Noah circulating on the internet:
“Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.”
Wait, that’s not right.
Ah, I found it.
“The hardest part of having a conversation surrounding police shootings in America: It always feels like, in America, it’s like if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” he said.
“Anyway, the point i, it’s either one or the other,” he later added. “But with police shootings, it shouldn’t have to work that way. For instance, if you’re pro-Black Lives Matter, you’re assumed to be anti-police and if you’re pro-police, then you surely hate black people.”
“It seems that it’s either pro-cop and anti-black or pro-black and anti-cop, when, in reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is is what we should be aiming for.”
It’s ridiculously poignant and meaningful, and rings quite true about the current state of America, if I needed to have opined as such.
Why not care for both? Why not realize that both organizations are trying to do good?
I’ve seen those responding to the BLM movement with the phrase, “All lives matter.”
Sure sounds like something I would say, if I didn’t understand the context of the movement.
There’s a word hidden in there. It’s not just Black Lives Matter. It’s Black Lives Matter Too. The gripe behind their movement is that to the rest of the world, or at least in the context of America, they don’t matter enough. They aren’t treated equally, and that’s all they want. Well, that, and to not have to live in fear of brutality simply due to skin color. It’s not too much, right?
And I shouldn’t have to talk about the purpose of police. Serve and Protect.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s munch on the concept of organizations.
BLM isn’t inherently bad.
The Police are not inherently bad.
The actions of a few cannot speak for the many, but it should inspire discussion on prevention and how to better things.
It shouldn’t be hidden away.
It most certainly shouldn’t be shrugged off.
Change needs to happen in the police system.
BLM, I feel, still stands by strong and meaningful ideals.
People who claim to be part of their organization and commit atrocities are in no way part of what they stand for.
Kind of like Islam and ISIS, I think.
So let’s not pick sides, people. The encouragement of the betterment of both parties should be the end goal for all.
And finally, a gentle reminder from my past works:
Don’t let fear stop you from living your life.
Stay resilient, stay strong.
Refuse to hate.
Remember the good there is in this world.
And never desensitize yourself to the pain of others.
Don’t let the harshness of this world take away what makes you human.
May we all find peace and happiness in our lifetimes.