On July 7th, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers and injured nine others. Two civilians were injured. This shooting was caused by the fact that Micah was angry about the deaths of black men and wanted to kill white men. In the early hours of July 8th, police were able to kill Micah with a bomb attached to a robot.
The tension between African-Americans, police officers and “whites” (I prefer not to use the word ‘white’, but I currently don’t have another word right now to describe Caucasian) has only increased. But the truth is that we’re never going to get anywhere if everyone keeps trying to kill each other. Death is not the answer. Violence is not the answer.
See, everyone freaks out when a Caucasian kills an African-American or an African-American kills a Caucasian, but literally, NO ONE freaked out about the 2014 killings of NYP since there was no African-American killing Caucasian people or a Caucasian killing an African-American. But it doesn’t mean that Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos’s lives were less important that Freddie Gray’s or Michael Brown’s. Because when the NYP shooting happened, two wives were widowed, and a teenager was left without a father.
But back to Dallas. These shootings are only adding fuel to the fire. One day, the fire will burn, and there will be no way to stop it.
This problem used to only be one small city problem, but now it’s a nationwide problem. There’s not going to be a simple solution.
Some people are for Black Lives Matter. Others are for Blue Lives Matter.
And some are waiting for the day when this era will be over forever.