“DALLAS POLICE AMBUSHED: 12 OFFICERS SHOT, 5 KILLED”: TRAGEDY…after…TRAGEDY! And…DAMN! DEATH…upon…DEATH! HATE…Truly Breeds…HATE…Doesn’t It? “Alton Sterling”… “Philando Castile” … “5 Dallas Police”

dallaspolice3It was 12:27 a.m. eastern time.  I was up… & watching a live news ticker which said, BREAKING NEWS – “DALLAS POLICE: 11 OFFICERS SHOT, 4 KILLED.”   People were absolutely dumbfounded & shocked by what had just gone down.  You see…the Dallas Police Chief was saying that 2 snipers had picked-off these police officers (assassination style). Sadly…time only brought a rise in the death toll along with the number of police that were wounded.   CNN kept playing over & over… video where you saw police & heard the gun shots… going back & forth between the police & any shooter.   I’m looking at this shit thinking… “What the $%#@ is going on?… Are we in a war zone?”  Seriously…that’s what it felt like…& that’s what it sounded like.   Alright…

dallaspoliceEven right now… as I am writing this post (8:26 p.m. EDT 7/8/16)…it all seems surreal.   But you see…it’s not surreal.  NOT AT ALL!  The shit that just went down is all too real.  YES!  All too real for the families, friends & co-workers who have been forever impacted by the ambush…the slaughter of these police officers.  Smiling faces… of the passed on… will never be seen again.   Voices…of the passed on…will never be heard again.   You see…what’s been done…can never be undone.   And…never is a long ^%$#^%* time.   O.k.  Before I go any further down this road…let me back it up a minute.  Let me tell you what precipitated the brutality that just transpired…

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These shootings happened last evening in downtown Dallas, Texas after a protest rally had already started.   The Dallas protest march was sparked off by national outrage from the recent deaths of Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) & Philando Castile (St. Paul, Minnesota).

altonsterlingEarly Tuesday morning (7/5/16)… Alton Sterling was shot & killed by police who responded to a complaint, by a homeless man, that an armed man threatened him outside a convenience store. Cellphone video shows Alton Sterling on the ground, underneath two police officers, when he was shot.  He had a gun on his person but at this time…it is unclear if he was threatening the police officers with it at the time he was killed.   One witness…Abdullah Muflahi, who also shot video, said it was impossible for Alton Sterling to threaten the police with his gun because of the way the officers had him pinned down to the ground. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his back & chest.  He was pronounced dead on the scene when an ambulance arrived at 12:46 a.m.  The 2 white police officers involved in Alton Sterling’s death, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II,  have been placed on administrative paid leave.  Then…

philandocastilePhilando Castile, 32, was shot & killed Wednesday night (7/6/16) by a police officer in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.    His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, began streaming video live on Facebook immediately after the officer shot Philando Castile.   In the stream,  Reynolds said Philando Castile was stopped for a broken tail light.  She said he notified the officer that he was licensed to carry a handgun & that he was shot after reaching for his wallet… at the officer’s request.   O.k…

Yesterday…President Obama said that such incidents (re: Sterling & Castile) are “symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.”  As I listened to him, I was thinking…“What the hell are you talking about?  Why are you sugar-coating… this shit? Why not just call a spade…a spade?  Why are you beating around the got damn bpresidentobamaaltonsterlingush?”  Alright..    YES…there are racial disparities all over the place in this U…S…of…A.  Poor African Americans are 3 times as likely as Whites to live in deep poverty.               In 8/ 2014…the New York Times reported…”Five decades past the era of legal segregation, a chasm remains between black and white Americans – and in some important respects it’s as wide as ever.  The income and wealth gaps have actually widened.  Black people are underrepresented in high–income fields like business, law and medicine, and overrepresented in lower–income jobs like food preparation and driving.”  Now…to his point…the statistics do show that Black defendants are 21% more likely to receive mandatory minimum sentences than Caucasian defendants and are 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison.  And…  A 2015 New York Times analysis found that among the largest police departments in Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island, Black drivers were between 1.5 and 5.2 times more likely to have their cars searched than White drivers.   Now…there is no argument with President Obama about the stats.  However, with that said…

I say this to President Obama… ” Sir…  You say that the Police shooting of Sterling & Castile is symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.   But… the fact that there are racial disparities within the criminal justice system… does not explain why the killings happened.   You are only surface dwelling when you try to explain it the way you did.   You see…the explanation for the 2 killings can only come when you delve deeper & get into the… “WHY”… of the racial disparities within the criminal justice system.   The “WHY” gets you to the nitty-gritty of it all.   WHY…do Black folk get pulled over more than White folk?   WHY…do Black folk receive longer jail sentences than White folk?  WHY…are Black folk searched more than White folk when they are pulled over?”  Now… to answer these questions…you have to deal in truth.  You have to deal with the truths regarding the history of this country.  And…

The history of this country is one of absolute…unequivocal atrocities put upon SlaveryBlackManBlack people during slavery.   And…this shit went on for centuries.  Now… Why did this happen to Black folk by White folk? I’ll tell you.  It damn sure wasn’t because they loved us.   Why do I say this?  Because…you tell me…who would treat someone they loved in such a horrendous manner?   WHO???   I have lived all of my life in a part of the United States where slavery was the way of life.   There are nationally known plantations just minutes away from me.   O.k.   The courthouse where I practice law…today… was the same place that sold enslaved Black folk…back in the day.   So…  If White folk didn’t enslave Black folk out of love…why did they do it? HATE…HATE…HATE     It is only HATE, within a very dark heart, that let’s a human being be so brutal & cruel to another human being…for centuries.    It is only HATE, within a very dark heart, that allows a system of slavery to be put in place & maintained…for centuries.  O.k…

This kind of hate does not just die.  Shit…  Even if you listen to Abraham abrahamlincolnLincoln…it was almost a begrudged admission that slavery was wrong.    It seems like it pained many, if not most, White folk to even admit to just how ungodly…how wrong…slavery was.  Why do you think that evil lasted for so damn long?  How often is it talked about?   How many pages does it get in a public school system’s history book?  Come on now…    Let’s tell the truth & shame the devil.    The same kind of hearts that existed during the times of slavery…still exist today regarding Black folk.   Why do you think that Donald Trump has so much support….across America…regarding the racist ass rhetoric that he spouts out?  Because they agree with that shit.   Oh my racismgoodness!  “What a glorious day!”…they would say…if time could be turned back & the good ole days could be brought back.  Good ole days where White folk were in complete control of everything.   Days…where people of color bowed down to the “so-called”…White Man Master.   When Trump says, “I want to take my country back” …you know that’s code talk…don’t you???    Code for… “WHITE SUPREMACY IDEOLOGY” to be in full force & effect.  O.k…

So, when we see the police shoot Black men as easy as breathing…where is the weservewhitesonlysignsurprise?   There is none.    It just signifies the level of evil & absolute hate that lives in that beings’ heart.   They shoot a Black man as if they were shooting a deer.   There is no love lost…   There is no compassion for what the lost of that Black man will mean to his family & loved ones.   In order for you to have RESPECT for the life of that Black man…you have to understand that he too…is a child of God.   You have to understand & believe that his life is as valuable as anybody else’s.   You have to truly believe that he is equal to you in every way…shape & form.    And… the sad part is this…   There is a multitude of White folk who will confederateflagrisk the pits of hell before they believe that any Black person is their equal. Oh…I know…it’s 2016.  That doesn’t mean a got damn thing.  God says,  ” 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 1:9)  Thus, nothing is new under the sun. What existed then…exist today.   Hate…Evil…& Racism existed during the days of slavery…at prolific levels.   And…  Hate…Evil… & Racism exist today…at prolific levels.   So…what do we have here???  What does it mean???

It means…   As long as hate lives so deeply within the hearts of White folk to the degree that it does… we will continue to see more Black men being slaughtered.    And, since hate…breeds…hate…   We will continue to see more police being slaughtered.   Now…  While we cannot blame the blameless police actofGodfor the wrongdoing police…they still have a responsibility in God’s eyes.   The blameless White police, who don’t hate Black folk, have to stand-up with the other children of God & speak out against the evil-ass police officers within their midst.   They must put “God” above “blue.”  They must have the courage to stand-up for what’s right regardless of the backlash…the risk…that they may place upon their lives.  This is God’s expectation for all of his children.   For…don’t you see…the life you save may be your own?   Even though none of the police, who were wounded or killed last night in Dallas, were directly involved in killing Sterling or Castile… they were directly impacted by someone else’s  reaction to the police killing of Sterling & Castile.   So…

praying manLet us pray for all the families who have been impacted by these tragic deaths this week.    Let us pray that we are all taken to a deeper level in God by what we have witnessed this week.   For He says…”Come & I’ll give you rest.”

Iris Whiting ©

 

 

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