Today was a day of rest and solace as I had the day off. Unfortunately, a police officer died in the line of duty. It is not known if the officer died of his injuries sustained in gunfire or in a high speed car crash after the shooting. I do feel for the victim’s family as I feel for all others that fall victims to senseless criminal activity.
As I continue throughout the day, I see a gentleman holding a sign that reads “officers lives matter.” This area is known for subtle prejudices. I am not talking about a straight in your face being called out of your name or getting attacked verbally for your skin color. This area is known for supporting in-town people and excluding those that are not born in the area. This area is known for believing every outsider is stupid and believes those who are white and poor are better than those who are black and educated. Like most other areas being covered by the media, there are shootings of innocent or unarmed citizens by police officers. This brings me to something my mother always told me… “You reap what you sow.” This is what the Bible says, not what she says. Again, I do feel bad for those whose lives are forever changed by a life-changing event.
When I fixed my eyes on the man with the officer lives matter sign, I was puzzled. Why? When this community voiced their opinions about black lives matter, non-African descent people were saying that’s crazy and called those supporting black lives matter racist. They believed the police officers are doing their jobs by shooting and murdering unarmed people. They look upon the police as the judge. It is very hard to understand how the police get away with murder. It is hard to understand how the police get away with planting contraband and other things.
We have Trump calling the person who murdered twenty-six people mentally ill. This is no surprise because that’s the same others say about those who raided schools and other establishments with bullet holes; leaving behind the wounded and the deceased. Even his former girlfriend would say he, Devin Kelley, is sick in the head. Think about this for a moment. Don’t most people call others sick in the head? Did they murder others? I believe the police are sick in the head for planting evidence and murdering unarmed people, yet they are still patrolling the streets.
Let’s try an experiment. After reading this next paragraph, I would like for you to close your eyes. Imagine someone coming into a building with an automatic weapon and shooting up the place. What would be the first thing that would come to your mind? Is it the safety of ALL citizens; both European and African descent? Is it the race of the person committing this terrible act? Do you think it is a police officer? Do you think it is a citizen who claims to be the perfect model citizen?
The bottom line is all lives matter. It does not matter if the person is African or European descent or a police officer. If we don’t get it together as a country we will all be doomed, which is something I am really afraid of. People losing their jobs overseas due to the power of the all mighty dollar, people are required to have more education for a basic job, the cost of living is going up yet the rate of pay is steadily going down, we have kids in America with no food yet I see commercials of save the kids in other countries, we have animals that are in dire need of the basic necessities of life, and we have people that refuse to date others due to race or color; but we call ourselves Christians. Really?
Do you think it is time us, as a country, reap what we sow? Think about it…