Dreadful and inexcusable actions by a small number of our police officers have sent our country into turmoil. It appears to me that before the Black Lives Mater movement focused white America’s attention on the toll racist police actions were taking on their community, white America chose for the most part to ignore. To think, not in my part of the world.
But we’re one America. We can’t afford to ignore pain for our brothers and sisters.
Flag at Half-Staff
Last Thursday during a peaceful march of the Black Lives Matter (one of our Constitutional rights) planned with and supported by the Dallas PD, one man murdered five Dallas Police officers an injured others plus one civilian. Police Officers put themselves between the protesters and the shooter. His actions may have inadvertently started bringing together our country. Certainly the opposite of what he must’ve intended.
Watching a group of black and white men who were marching in protests on the opposite sides of a Dallas street come together with hugs was a chill bump moment. Before the deaths of the five police officers, I’ve never seen something like that. And let’s not forget Dallas Police Chief Brown. He’s been the right person in the right place for this situation.
I hate that one man felt he had the right to take the lives of those officers, but they did not die in vain if we can look at the face of racism in our country and take steps to change.
Courthouse in Marfa, TX
My minister Ryan Baer on Sunday used the story of the Good Samaritan to remind us we all can make a difference. Walking on the other side of the road isn’t an option. We need to ask not what will happen to me if I take a stand, but what will happen to the other person if I don’t. A definite challenge for an author who tries to not offend anyone.
Tuesday while the Memorial Service took place in Dallas with the attendance of President Obama and former President Bush, my husband was installed by Judge Louis Sturns as the president of the Tarrant County Bar Association. We were all conscious of what was taking place 30 minutes to our east.
Judge Sturns at podium. Bob closest to him.
At various times during the luncheon, participants laughed, but for the most part, it was a somber gathering. One of the items my husband wants to help facilitate is for the Bar Association to take an active part in finding ways to build bridges between factions of our community. You may think that’s odd since lawyers are adversarial, but in truth, they work to find the truth. They are frequently mediators between parties. They are all about the law.
What we’ve been seeing is a breakdown of law and order. We can’t allow that to happen. Injured parties have to be heard. We must seek justice.
For those of a certain age, recent pictures on our TV screens are a grim reminder of the late 60s and early 70s. Not a good time for our country. But we came through that and we’ll come through this as we claim for ourselves and our communities that Black Lives Matter. That White Lives Matter. Brown, yellow, orange, and pink. ALL LIVES MATTER. We must take steps to insure that is true for our communities and country.
INMHO this begins with RESPECT, which isn’t a feeling, but an action. We must show respect to all, regardless of how different they may be in their beliefs from us. Because bottom line, we’re all human beings.
What are your thoughts on what we’ve been seeing across the country? Love to hear from you.
Back on the laptop. 😦 Big computer can’t access the internet!
Appointment next Wednesday with orthopedic surgeon. Praying X-rays show healing continuing, and I get a walking boot. Surely, I’ll expend more calories that way than in this wheelchair.
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