About 10 days after the Dallas Shooting that claimed the lives of several police and injuring several more, including a civilian protecting her son, the nation was rocked with another cop killing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On Sunday July 17, a man dressed in black engaged in a shooting that left three officers dead and three more injured. Eventually, the suspect, a Marine and Army veteran Gavin Long, was shot and killed by police. Long was black.
The shootings against police in both Baton Rouge and Dallas came after the murders of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. And both shootings are reported by the mainstream to have – more or less – been motived by the murders even though there’s no way to really tell since both men are dead. Instead, all we have to go by is what the news media tells us, and even they can’t be trusted.
Police all over the nation are worried. They reportedly don’t feel safe. Cleveland’s largest police union even called for a temporary ban on the open carrying of guns ahead of the Republican National Convention.
I guess that means some cops are getting it. They know how we feel when it comes to their presence. Many black people dread the sight of police, because of numerous stories of harassment, brutality and – of course – murder. They are aware of the media’s ploy to justify such actions by revisiting the victim’s past scrounging for anything they can use to turn the victim into a thug. And we know that the court system will let the killer cops walk free as there will be no convictions.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath for any hopes of revelations.
Racists, especially those who wear badges, will be even more hateful with rage and will take their anger out on the black community one way or another.
The usual hate mongers will try to pin this latest murderous strike against cops on the Black Lives Matter movement still working hard to tell cops and the nation that they are not as threatening as they perceive them to be. In fact, they’re calling for peace after the Baton Rouge cop shooting. Yet still, they are seen as a terroristic threat despite all they’re doing is fighting for the lives of a people this nation has loathed for hundreds of years.
The irony, of course, if that this is why the movement began in the first place. But it will be lost for the sake of protecting the lives of police. Black lives will continue to not matter to those who refuse to learn or feel anything.