Even if you didn’t grow up in a religious household, surely you’ve heard the song with the lyrics “red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” Even if you are not religious, surely you can understand the importance of these lyrics to Americans at the time.
Today, two NYPD officers were gunned down in an ambush-style attack. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered just days before Christmas.
The killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted threatening, anti-police attitudes on Instagram and mentioned Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
While reading multiple new articles on the attack and browsing through the comments, I sadly realized that many commenters felt more sympathy for the murderer than for the victims, who risked their lives daily to keep the citizens of New York City safe.
There are police officers who are racist and sexist and who abuse their power. It’s a shame that it occurs, because the bad apples make the rest of the bunch look just as heartless. Most police officers genuinely care about their communities and the people in them.
Michael Brown’s family said it best:
We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.
Basically, I am getting tired of people not learning to live together in peace as equals and not in fear. People need to work together to resolve it.
#BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter
On a related note, I’ve heard from a lot of black friends that the “all lives matter” hashtag invalidates and discredits the individual struggle that black people face. I can assure you that I mean no offense. I just happen to believe that one life has no more value than another. It is just as sad when a homeless person passes away as when something happens to a celebrity, just like the murder of a black individual is just as tragic as the murder of an Asian or Hispanic individual. As a country, we have to learn to not see color.