I am usually not an advocate of telling someone how to spend their money. However, I am in agreement with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who challenged Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to match the $100,000 reward for the capture of the person who shot two LA County Deputies last weekend.
To make matters worse, some supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement showed up to the hospital where the officers were given life saving surgery, chanting for the officers to die. Those are two despicable actions and are more examples of this country being an embarrassment. We are also locked in a civil war that will produce no winners.
We need an enema.
The officers — a 31 year old police woman and 24 year old man — underwent surgery Saturday night to treat multiple gun wounds to the head. They are expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the suspect remains at large after firing several shots into the police cruiser — a crime that was caught on video outside the MLK Transit Center in Compton.
People want equal justice for black people in this country. I get it. I want it too. However, ambushing the police does no good. An eye for a eye mentality won’t get a majority of Americans on your side. The BLM movement is losing me because of the violence and rioting.
The movement is being hijacked by young people who have no concept of the big picture. A few years ago a BLM sympathizer shot up downtown Dallas and targeted the police. The local BLM chapter issued a statement condemning the shootings and asking for peace.
Will these young people who have hijacked the movement call for peace this time? Will they be as outraged about this shooting as they were of the George Floyd lynching or the Jacob Blake shooting?
It took an old head to make sense of this. The Rev Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, said he is praying for the two officers along with the family of George Floyd and Jacob Blake who was shot by the police several times in the back while walking away from them toward his car.
“We are saying that police should not be wrongfully shooting or killing civilians, particularly in the black community,” Rev Sharpton said. “And for people to try to associate us with murder and ambushing and death is doing more to hurt the cause than anything.”
During this civil war we justify shootings. We root for death in the same way we root for the home team at a football game? That’s not right. We are not right. Some of us are sick in the head.
We need an action or a person to bridge the great divide and end this civil war that has pit black vs white, black vs blue, young vs old, left vs right. It is a civil war of misinformation and one that lacks basic education. I’m sick of it.
Maybe James can help end it contributing to the reward to bring the LA Police shooter to justice.
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