Inaction is killing our nation

Jul 19, 2016 by

tomwatkinsTom Watkins –

It is time for every mayor and governor to start a conversation around race, violence, and justice.

How do we make sense of what is going on in America today?

How do we wrap our head around seeing a black man die on a Facebook live stream while a 4-year-old comforts her mom who is calmly narrating the killing of her boyfriend by a police officer who pulled them over for a routine traffic stop?

The death of two African-American men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — both at the hands of police officers — has pulled back the scab of our ongoing American saga of noted killings since the death of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

Dallas once again grabbed headlines when only blocks from where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, carnage broke out and five police officers were gunned down. The shooter, a 25-year-old African-American male, reportedly told police, before they used a robotic bomb to kill him, he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

This madness saw an African-American former military man open fire on Dallas police who were watching peaceful demonstrators who were, ironically, protesting the recent killings of African Americans at the hands of police.

Closer to home, two law enforcement officers are killed in a court room in Berrien County.

When will this violence end?

Source: Tom Watkins: Inaction is killing our nation

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