I strongly disagree with you. Micah Johnson is in no way shape or form a martyr. In this terrible tragedy I never ever sympathized, understood his motives, or felt sorry over his eventual death by the heroic Dallas Police Department. While I disagree with you, I hear you. In case others are able to look past her race and listen to what she said, here is the video:
She’s NOT saying that police officers should be killed. She’s not calling the Dallas shooter a hero. She WANTS to feel sorry for the officers. She’s fully acknowledging that her feelings are WRONG. That means she does not want to entertain them. It is pure racism that people cannot hear what she’s saying. She’s pouring her heart out because her conscience is bothering her. It SHOULD bother her. The officers did not deserve to die. At the end of the day, we need police officers. They are our only real outlet of defense against the rapists and murderers of black women, the majority of whom are NOT white police officers. I know that cops of all races exist but the angst seems to be directed at white male cops so I’m focusing on them in this post.
I won’t judge Kalyn Chapman James for one crucial reason. While she is having difficulties feeling for the fallen officers, I don’t feel sorry for Alton Sterling at all. I feel sorry for his family but not him. I feel that his rapist past is important to consider. The only difference for me is that I don’t care what people think about how I feel. In fact, I don’t automatically assume that a black man is the victim in ANY of these police brutality cases. Don’t get me wrong, not jumping to defend a black man does NOT mean I’m pro cop. How I feel about cops is for a later post. But I will not rush to defend black men whether in conversation and certainly not in a public protest.
My only suggestion to Kalyn is that if she really feels for black male victims, some police officers are black men who have been killed by black men. Which side will you pick then?
RIP Dallas Police Officers Killed by an overzealous police officer
Brent Thompson, 43 Philando Castile
Lorne Ahrens, 48
Patrick Zamarripa, 32
Michael Krol, 40
Michael Smith, 55
The problem is that people can’t seem to give a black woman the benefit of the doubt. Kalyn, I HEAR you.