To The Daily Sun,
This past Independence Day was peaceful and quiet holiday throughout this country. This country stood up to celebrate our liberties more than 200 years ago. We chose to make this a special day. Fireworks, picnics or humble meditation, it was a day of remembrance and hope.
Then the ugly divisive forces started. First police officers apparently shot and killed two black men. One in Louisiana, the other in Minnesota. While the process of justice must be carried out, these actions demonstrated how bigotry rears its ugly head.
White vs. Black vs. Blue showed how bigotry interferes with our freedoms. Justice must prevail for the officers involved. Yes, we cannot have judge, jury, and executor, but our Constitution says these offices are entitled to trial. We need to wear the shoes of these two men who died this day. The impact affects us nationally, in their communities, as well as among their families, friends, and associates.
Several days later, five officers lives were destroyed, shattering their families, friends, and communities. This was an act of hatred and bigotry. This appears to be a retaliation in supposed shootings discussed earlier. This time in the interest of safety of the protest that was peacefully going on, it seemed that the shooter needed to be removed from the scene. We must wear the shoes of law enforcement. Sadly, we are unable to hear the shooters thoughts on his rationale of his bigotry and hate.
Two wrongs or negative acts do not make a right or promote positive outcomes. The reverse happens. It hampers efforts to promote peaceful ways to end this hate-filled violence. Justice must prevail over both sets of actions. Peace and calm during these times are needed to promote justice and peace. The citizens of this country must come together to promote this peace that has so long eluded us.
Candidates for president stepped aside (from partisan politics) momentarily to express appropriate sorrow and hope, to console and provide comfort. Both offered that this wave of violence from hatred and bigotry needs to end. We need to see more of this in the campaign days ahead.
Mr. Trump must stop his divisive speeches. Ms. Clinton offers hope to find ways to provide the peace we all want.
Law enforcement has no doubt been challenged by the very few "rotten apples" among their members. One needs to know each officer who goes on duty may be that innocent woman or man may not return that day, as did the victims of the snipers. They are our community's defense against those who wish to disturb our peace. Not all officers are bigots or filled with hate. The majority of them are dedicated to conserving the peace, health, and the safety of the communities they serve. Remember too, please give them that safety right of way when you see the "blues" flashing.
By the same token, those whose hatred extends to law enforcement indiscriminately ruin the efforts that are extended to their behalf. It impacts negatively on all minorities and majority populations. There is no excuse for such retaliation. While one can appreciate the long history of blacks rights being infringed, peaceful methods encourage acceptance by all is better, less costly, efficient and more constructive.
Over the years, having experienced such bigotry and prejudice myself due to my hearing, it is quite an experience to see others so affected. Black lives do matter. The long history of the abuses on the African communities goes back many centuries, not only in the US, but worldwide as well. While we say all lives matter, the point being is that the blacks have actually suffered in history the longest.
In a twist of fate, Black Lives Matter say the shooting of police was uncalled for. Could this be the beginning of a movement to peace? Police officers as well as citizens, along with members of Black Lives Matter, around the country mourn the men that represented law enforcement in all communities, now feel now we must merge the hopes and dreams with our black and other minority races and creeds for all of us to become one again. This also includes the disabled, physically as well as the mentally ill.
Let's paraphrase the words of Peter, Paul, and Mary singing Bob Dylan's song, "How many cannon balls must fall before they are forever banned?" Or how many lives must we lose before we end the hatred among all human beings.
Bigotry and hate must be buried, forever. Our country remains divided until this peace is established.
There is an old axiom that has been presented in these writings before: In unity we can move forward to live and fulfill our dreams and be strong. Divided we fall and lose the cherished dreams and hopes of our Founding Fathers as well as for ourselves. We must work together, in unity, to seek and develop the peace in a meaningful way, that once again we can say we are the United States of America.
Robert Joseph, Jr.
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