I have to talk about what happened last night in my city

The violence this past week has broke my heart, last night I went to bed heart broken because of all the violence and that a lot of my friends on facebook felt they needed to post a status stating why they are good people.

Then last night happened. People died. Again. Specifically police officers died, clearly in a direct attack specifically  an attack targeting officers.  I got on facebook, and saw the hate start all over.  Not condolences, one friend even said the cops deserved what they got, yesterday, there were people who said the man in Falcon Heights deserved it.  Seeing this hate broke my heart.  Why did these people deserve to die???  I really don’t understand why it is so easy to hate.  I just don’t.

So I wake up with a broken heart again.

This violence has to end, and we the people need to work together to make it end.  This is not me being political, this is me being human.

This is a week my country celebrated their independence. We celebrated our freedom. I love Independence Day, as a child it was the holiday I looked forward to as a kid. I love living in a country that has so many freedoms, I do not however like living in such a violent country. I am not naive, I know there is violence everywhere but lately America has had an issue with violence and then people supporting the violence.

I know these are events that do not necessarily mean the norm, but we do now live in a society where another shooting has become the norm and this saddens me. We joke at work, that the latest event is the “snap of the day”

America we must stop snapping.

Black lives do matter, but so do police officer lives. SIMPLY PUT ALL LIVES MATTER, whether you are black, white, Asian, Persian, Christian, Buddhist, Gay, Straight… human. Your life matters.

Where is the activism for ALL LIVES MATTER… why does it have to be us vs them… or them vs us. We have become such a polarized nation we feel as if we have to choose a side in this… do we choose African Americans or do we choose police officers??? That isn’t right.  I choose life. You should not have to apologize for being black, you should not have to apologize for being a police officer, you do not have to apologize for being gay, you do not have to apologize for being a Muslim, you do not have to apologize for being a Christian.  I have seen so many apologize for who they are, good people apologizing because of who they are.  You were born this way.

Hate is learned.  I truly believe this, I do not believe you are born to hate.  If we were born to hate the world would be a much worse place.   Why is it so easy to hate, but not offer a hand to help out fellow human?  Why is it so easy to turn a blind eye to those in need?  Why is it so easy to justify violence?  I do not understand this.

We must stop being so polarized, we must stop choosing sides. We MUST CHOOSE LIFE.

Simply put, if you value life then I truly feel you will always choose talking peacefully prior to pulling the trigger.  It will be so much easier to work things out if you view that person as a human.  It shouldn’t matter if they are black, white, a cop, a hooker, gay or Muslim.

I want to say from the bottom of my heart, my condolences go out to every single person that has lost their life to violence, and your life matters and do not apologize for who you are.  Just live. 

 

Headliner image taken from:  Lennar.com

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