A famous quote is “War is politics by other means.” Should we now say violence is protest by other means?
There was a march in Dallas. Police were present. The march was to protest the killings of unarmed black men. Shots rang out, and five policemen were dead. Seven other police officers and two bystanders received injuries.
The killer was a black man. He was an Army veteran. After efforts to arrest him failed, police killed him.
The nation is trying to figure out what it all means. A movement called ‘Black Lives Matter’ is part of the story. In the last years, police killed a number of black men. The men were not armed.
To many, it seemed police were more likely to kill an unarmed black man than a white, Asian or Hispanic man. That is why the Black Lives Matter movement grew. The group started protesting in marches.
Protests sometimes turned violent. A big riot took place in Baltimore, Maryland. It happened after a black man died in police custody.
There is a problem here. The police are killing unarmed black men. The job of the police officer is to keep order. People are starting to feel the police are singling out one group. There is no easy way to change these thoughts.
The loudest voices on both sides are speaking. Candidates Clinton and Trump do not seem to have the right things to say. President Obama tries to calm the nation.
There is some agreement. Terrorists come in all sizes and shapes. It does not always matter why they do what they do. At the moment they are killing people, they do not know that they are crazy.
Better mental health services and better checks on gun ownership may not matter enough. Community censorship of extreme language and actions might help. We must try to agree on how to disagree.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor July 8, 2016