Actions speak louder than words. Accordingly, every black life really doesn’t hold equal value to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Only those who’ve clashed, or somehow been victimized by the police have worth, and that’s unfortunate. That is the real message, and they are not very forthright about it.
Case in point, the murder of Justin Carr, 26, during the protests in Charlotte has been minimized even though he was a black man. Why? Didn’t his life matter? If he lost his life at the hands of the cops, as some initially speculated, it would have been a different story.
I consume a lot of news. Did I miss the feature when BLM defended Officer Brentley Vinson from the Charlotte—Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)? After all, Vinson apparently told investigators he fired his weapon at a man in possession of a firearm who refused to comply by putting it down. Vinson believed someone’s life was in danger, so he pulled the trigger. Witnesses have apparently confirmed his story, yet everyone is flapping about distorted video. It was this event that triggered the aforementioned protests. Did I mention Vinson is black? I did not because I see a cop, not color.
Did I miss the feature when BLM defended Chief Kerr Putney? He supported Officer Vinson because the investigation apparently corroborates what he’s said. Did I mention Putney is black? I did not because I see a chief of police, not color.
Did I miss the feature when BLM defended Chief David Brown with the Dallas Police Department? This man withstood intense pressure and scrutiny like few other chiefs in recent memory. Did I mention he is black? I did not because I see a stellar man in uniform with four stars on his collar, not the particular color of his skin.
Did I miss the feature when BLM defended Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke? Hardly! Clarke might be public enemy number one as he regularly shares his wisdom and insight regarding race violence in the ghettos of America. His rebuttal, “Black Lies Matter” does not exactly align with their platform. Did I mention Clarke is black? I did not because I see a leader, a man that I would follow into battle anywhere because of his principles and character. I do not see the color of his skin.
Naturally I’m using satire to make my point. Of course I see the color of their skin, but I wholeheartedly believe Martin Luther King Jr. offered inspiration when he said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Right now, the leadership of BLM sincerely lacks the foremost quality of MLK’s famous speech as they use caustic comments regarding the color of someone’s else’s skin.
By now, you’re either applauding or seething. But let’s continue our journey to In Memoriam Blvd. Be careful and watch your step, it’s messy as there’s been a lot of bloodshed.
Surely BLM has devoted time and energy to the following 15 men and one woman, because each one is black and was killed or slaughtered by a specific group of people—the American criminal. Since January 1, 2015, there have been 222 peace officers who have suffered death in the line of duty to date. I reviewed each tragic circumstance, and discovered 14 black men were murdered, one black man was the victim to vehicular manslaughter, as was one black female. If anyone at BLM would like to send condolences, I have listed their names below:
- Detective Terence Avery Green, Fulton County Police Department (murdered)
- Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III, Philadelphia Police Department (murdered)
- Deputy U.S. Marshall Josie Lamar Wells, United States Department of Justice (murdered)
- Police Officer Liquori Terja Tate, Hattiesburg Police Department (murdered)
- Police Officer Henry Nelson, Sunset Police Department (murdered)
- Police Officer Daryle Holloway, New Orleans Police Department (murdered)
- Detective Randolph A. Holder, New York City Police Department (murdered)
- Chief of Police Darrell Lemond Allen, Marlin Police Department (murdered)
- Major Gregory E. Barney, Riverdale Police Department (murdered)
- Police Officer Jacai D. Colson, Prince George’s County Police Department (murdered)
- Police Officer Verdell Smith, Sr, Memphis Police Department (murdered)
- Police Officer Natasha Maria Hunter, New Orleans Police Department (vehicular manslaughter)
- Police Officer Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya, Pearland Police Department (vehicular manslaughter)
- Corporal Montrell Lyle Jackson, Baton Rouge Police Department (murdered)
- Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (murdered)
- Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis, Alabama Department of Corrections (murdered)
Propaganda is at a blithering crescendo, rational conversations are nearly impossible with BLM and those who identify with them. When lies get repeated frequently enough, they become twisted urban myth, ala, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” In Charlotte, the lie has become, “IT WAS A BOOK.” Truth seems to be irrelevant. Paradoxically, BLM is prepared to crucify a man who shares the same color skin. So please don’t tell me “black lives matter” to them. The only thing that matters is stripping law enforcement of their God ordained authority. Yes I said, “God ordained.” You can read Romans 13:1-7 in the Bible if it piques your interest.
A trendy argument is this: “You (white officers) don’t know what it’s like to be black.” That’s true, yet I can reply, “You don’t know what it’s like to be me.” I’ve done undercover police work, AND church mission work, in poor minority neighborhoods. I know the majority of people living in these environments are good people. Yet working undercover, I’ve had gang members try to carjack me in Santa Ana and Los Angeles, CA. I’ve also had a gang member pull a shotgun on me in Downey, CA. I was armed with a handgun during each incident, and did not shoot the perpetrator. I intentionally omitted the race of every suspect, because it’s irrelevant. But I can tell you each one was bankrupt in character development.
I have such a deep yearning for unification in this country, that my heart breaks to witness the volatility. I am not writing a spiteful piece to pick a fight. I love people, and want nothing more than to see our divisions unified. Yet that will not occur as long the human spirit is at war with peace, and that is what ails the de-unifiers in positions of leadership and influence.
The LA Dodgers Hall-of-Fame pitcher, Sandy Koufax, told a fantastic story at a recent ceremony honoring Sportscaster of the Century, Vin Scully, as he wraps up 67 years of service. He said that Scully would attend church before broadcasting World Series baseball games. He didn’t ask God to help one team (including his beloved Dodgers) or the other. He simply prayed there would be heroes, and no goats to lay blame for a loss.
America needs to pray for heroes and stop making goats out of those who are different. We need to pray for one another since it is impossible to hate your enemy when you fall on bended knee, and ask God to help you love them!
One hero that I’m praying for is Officer Brentley Vinson. Allow me to share what friends and mentors have said about him:
“I thought when he became a police officer like his dad (Alex) that it was a perfect fit for him,” said Larry Kennedy, assistant football coach at South Mecklenburg High School. “I’ve watched this kid work his butt off from an early age. … He’s a phenomenal kid and happens to be in an unfortunate situation right now, and I hate to see him be in the middle of it and being vilified the way he is.”
“We need more Brent Vinsons, that type of person, in our communities,” said Adam Hastings, head football coach at Providence Day. “He’s (Vinson) a natural leader and one of those guys who always had the best interest of others before himself.”
As Vin Scully prayed for heroes to come to the forefront during the World Series, I’m praying for heroes who represent Black Lives in Blue Uniforms. And today I’m also praying for those who hate me simply because I’m a white cop. I want to be selfless, like 800,000 other peace officers from a variety of national origins in this country.