I’m really getting tired of seeing all of the flags at government buildings at half staff. It’s not that I don’t think that those people who have been gunned down deserve our respect, it’s just that I’m tired of the killings. I had just changed my Facebook profile picture to the crying eye with the French flag in the background when more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And I had changed my profile picture FROM tears over a Dallas police badge. When will this damned madness end?
People who know me, know I’m not one for sentimentality. Many women cry at the drop of a hat. Something has to really be bothering me on a personal level before the tears come, unless it’s Mother Nature’s once a month thingy. I didn’t cry when 9/11 happened. I was MAD. Many women in our office watched the towers fall and with them, tears fell down their faces. This was something they had no control of, yet they were affected enough to cry over it. I wanted to know why the hell our intelligence and on an even stronger level Israeli intelligence, which I believe to be far keener than ours as they have to be, failed. Someone had to know something was going on. Why was nothing done? But that was one day, involving 19 radical Muslims, taking almost three-thousand American lives. What has been going on this summer is something more insidious. While in Europe bombs and trucks are killing people, Muslims included, former military are killing our brethren in Blue in the United States of America.
Why should I care if a couple of cops are killed? Because the very same thing we are being blamed for, holding an entire group responsible for the actions of a few are exactly what these former military are doing. They are killing cops because a few cops made bad decisions, which were then televised in our 24 hour news cycle (I truly believe news was never meant to be 24 hours. Perhaps during times of crisis, like 9/11 when the story changes every hour, yes, but not everyday. Because then news writers are forced to dig deep to show us the dredges of society. Then it becomes an “I can top that” game, where people do more and more things of depravity, digging deeper until all you hear is beeped out language and shadowy figures on your television screen.) At least every hour, the new channels are running these bad decisions cops make, which builds up in some people's minds and it seems as if every hour, cops are needlessly killing black men. Some of them just needed that one push to go out and “fix the problem”, when in fact it is only one or two cops among thousands making bad decisions. But the provocative way it is shown on television, one could think that all cops are bad.
Don’t get me wrong. Black lives matter. That there is still a race problem in this country with a black president is disgusting. It’s disgusting with a white or green or yellow or red or blue president. Because in the end all lives matter. And since these images are shown over and over and over and if there is no new update on the case, the television news continues to show them over and over because they need to fill the airtime, a few whackos think they are righting a wrong when they are only wronging a wrong. As the only way to right a wrong is through the court system. Let the bad cops stand trial. And if they are found not guilty by a jury of their peers, so be it.
We need to all just calm down, take a deep breath, and love those close to us. Let the people you meet when you are out and about know that they matter. You may not know them, but everyone has something to contribute. When someone cuts that person’s life off, that contribution dies as well.
Let’s get those flags back up at full staff. Because I’m tired of changing the profile picture on my Facebook page.