ALL lives matter; black lives, blue lives, white lives -
ALL lives matter
I was recently made aware of a Facebook post by a relative. In the background, as their primary picture, was a Black Lives Matter banner and a man with a raised fist. I was a little surprised that this relative, someone I care a great deal about, would post something promoting an organization that advocates killing police officers. I am a retired police officer, and my son-in-law is a police officer.
When a group of violent, would-be revolutionaries chant about killing cops, or when a group of Black Lives Matter protesters turns down a meeting with law enforcement saying, "We eat pigs; we don't eat with them," then that group is just plain evil. Men like Martin Luther King preached togetherness. The radicals of today want to separate us, divide us, and turn us on each other. Sadly, even your own president, Barack Obama, has praised the Black Lives Matter movement.
There is not a profession on earth that doesn't have a bad apple every now and then. Those bad guys should be rooted out of the system and punished for their actions. However, there are not just bad cops. There are bad lawyers, doctors, accountants, politicians, store clerks, insurance salesmen, and just about any other profession you can name. We don't condemn an entire profession just because one member disgraces themselves. We punish the bad ones and honor the ones who bring integrity and sacrifice to their profession.
I am proud of the twenty years I spent as a cop. I have helped many people of many races. I was in two wars as a soldier, trying to help Asians and Muslims. My life was saved in Vietnam by a black man. I have watched black soldiers cry over their dead white friends and white soldiers cry over their dead black friends.
I have worked closely with fellow black police officers and black soldiers. We have worked together, as Americans and as citizens, to make a difference in this world. We work hard to be professionals, and if we find a bad guy among us, we are the first to try and purge him.
The incident in Ferguson, Missouri that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement did not involve a "Hands up, don't shoot" scenario. That was a lie. The young man had just committed a strong arm robbery, and the police officer attempted to question him. When the youth attacked the officer and attempted to take his gun, the officer defended himself, resulting in the death of a criminal.
America under Barack Obama is more divided than ever before. This is not necessary, and most Americans - black or white - understand that working together is the only way we will ever solve our problems.
But the only way to do that is to tell the truth. Unfortunately, the left doesn't really care about the truth. They care about the agenda.
Remember.....ALL lives matter......
Charles M. Grist