My heart hurts. I went to bed last night hurt and angry about the continued killings of black men. I watched the videos to make my own assessment and I found no justification for shooting Alton Sterling multiple times in the chest. He was already subdued. Philando Castile did not appear to pose a threat, yet he was shot with his child in the back seat. I felt like I was back in the Jim Crow south where lynchings could happen just because …. Then there was the white kid lying on the ground and then was shot. Why?
I awaken this morning to the information that a peaceful protest turned violent because someone decided to take their anger out by shooting several policemen. There was no reason for that anymore than there was for shooting those men.
America what are we becoming? We might as well be in Afghanistan or Syria. We worry about ISIS but it is us who are destroying this country. We are terrorizing ourselves. If they just wait a little while we will self destruct and they won’t have to do anything. We cannot continue like this.
Ignorance opens the door for Fear. Fear makes it easy to Hate. Hatred breeds Hatred.
Let’s try reasoning with each other.
Let’s try understanding each other.
Let’s try not repeating the negative past.
Let’s try living out what we say we believe as a nation.
Let’s admit we have a systemic problem. The rest of the world already knows it.
Let’s try loving each other even when we disagree.
Let’s stop killing each other.
My heart hurts for us.