Dallas is Doing it Right

People were lining up to hug police officers in Dallas last night. It was a stark contrast to elsewhere in the nation, where Black Lives Matter chose to go on with their protests in nearly every major city, and chose to keep their chant, “No justice, no peace.” Tone-def.

This in the wake of 5 officers kills and 7 wounded in Dallas, and a similar incident in Tennessee where a former black vet started buck-shooting victims at a hotel and on the streets. Like the Dallas shooter, the Tennessee man had just one agenda: kill whitey.

For a few days before the Dallas event, I was seeing all sorts of commentary on Twitter and Faceback from black friends and others I follow. The tension was rising by the hour. People were expressing their anger and their rage, and posting shit like “I’m going to marry a black man and love and live him and love him because this world surely don’t” to “I don’t think America gon get it unless white blood gets spilt.” The rhetoric was escalating constantly, and growing in amplification.

Black people are upset, understandably, that there are so many reports of black men getting killed by cops. They started out with the cultural critiques that the justice system is racist, and that these shooting incidents were evidence of such. They created a group, Black Lives Matter, that seeks to amplify these incidents when then happen. They get a lot of black people whipped up into a frenzy to protest against police brutality.

What they aren’t accounting for is the effect this onslaught of pumping the prime of fear is having on young black people. The Black Twitterverse is like a national Main Street that many black people cruise.  If all they hear on the vine is that another black man was shot–even if it turns out to be a justifiable shooting–then their fear and pain escalates.

Keep in mind that, yes, there is a lot of death among certain segments of the larger black diaspora in America, though these deaths are often attributable to crime in the community and the lifestyle choices poor young black men are making. Doesn’t it seem reasonable that they would connect all of these dots in the middle of a whirlwind of amplified rhetoric, and feel like they are at risk? And do all people at risk correctly identify the source of the risk? No, and definitely not if the persons posing the most risk are people you encounter in your own homes or neighborhoods, or if you yourself are doing things that create this risk. Rare is the individual who can master that kind of accountability for themselves or for their neighborhoods. I don’t blame most people in this; they are merely reacting to something that has been presented in such a way as to provoke their ire.

So while the fear of all the killing in the black community is creating a profound fear of outsiders and amplifying the true risk, it is deliberately spun in such a way to make the people least likely to do it the most responsible for it. It’s a special kind of hate that gets replicated mindlessly, thus amplified, and then we get the kind of escalation we saw in Dallas. What it looks like is a desire to get rid of policing in general.

Most white people, on the other side, tend to be sympathetic when these cop-kills stories come out, and they can support things like better training for police officers, the notions behind community policing, etc. Where their fear comes in is that they recognize the value of police officers, and they want good police on the ground. They know that there are some very evil, criminally minded people, and police are necessary to protect law-abiders from these kinds of people. But they perceive, based on the reckless, amplified message coming from BLM and its supporters, that the end goal is either no police force, or a police force without guns. When you see people hashtagging #AllLivesMatter or #BlueLivesMatter, this is the fear they are expressing.

Just as with the Black Twitterverse amplifiers, these white folks have justifiable fear. Society will break down without any kind of policing. The end game is Anarchy, of course. They are not always very sophisticated in expressing their fear, and especially on Twitter, the conventional tone seems to be inchoate rage. So they express things hostilely that would be much better communicated with reasons, and the whole thing escalates even more.

That’s what I’m seeing a lot of. It frustrated me to no end to hear Loretta Lynch try to talk about one America with shared lives and experiences, because that is not true. There are 4 or 5 Americas and the boundary lines fall around geographical differences (urban vs rural vs suburban), class (rich, middle, working class, and poor), and around other demographic identities such as race, sexual orientation, religion, political allegiances, etc.

We’re not going to get past this until we can break various logjams set up across our vast national culture. Yes, better training for cops. But also better training for young people today so they can see that we literally do no live in the 1950s anymore, that most of their lives are better, and equal to other Americans. Greater communication and fewer judgement about people who are different from you would help.  This applies to the disgusting prejudges expressed about people living in the south or in rural areas. More exposure to people who are not like you, who are not white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, atheist, hillbilly, suburbanite, urbanite–these would be a start.

We like to believe the story of America being a melting pot, and it’s a beautiful dream. But it will never come to fruition as long we continue to self-segregate and scream past each other. Dallas got it right today. Faced with a terrible evil, they diffused it in a timely fashion, minimizing the loss of life. In the aftermath, they came together from all walks of life to express their common humanity and grieve together over those lost. May it be a lesson and model for us all.


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72 Responses to Dallas is Doing it Right

  1. DeniseVB says:

    This tweet was my take away from Dallas nobody seems to be talking about, especially on #BlackTwitter, which seems to want to ban cops? Do they ever think before they grind their axes? Cops keep them safe too.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Content of character……

  3. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Of all people, Lewis survived the “real and dangerous” civil rights era as a hero for the cause, but I think he’s overplayed that card. This era is nothing like that, it’s a fabrication of grievances in that “we’re all Kunta Kinte” way.

  4. Dora says:

    He is determined to bring in as many as possible.

    White House Looks to Private Sector to Increase Refugee Admissions Outside the Resettlement Program

    An Attempt to Circumvent Numerical Caps


  5. dm says:

    Seems to be just 1 big conspiracy…the media doesn’t report the facts (i.e. stats on cops shooting blacks versus whites, why these 2 black men were confronted by police – hello, wanted felons anyone), the groups that are gaining financially from this divisiveness, the political party that benefits from this divisiveness…the only voices we hear on the 24/7 “news” cycle are the ones condemning the police, not the voices in the black community who realize they need the police. Maybe I’m kidding myself and there are no other voices decrying the violence, worried for their black sons, much like I complain that there are no “moderate” muslims speaking out about the fringe element…gods, I can’t wait for Obama to be gone…I don’t ever want to see his face, hear his voice or even read his name again.

  6. Venus says:

    What they aren’t accounting for is the effect this onslaught of pumping the prime of fear is having on young black people.

    Disagree. This is *exactly* what the BLM group is counting on.

    • votermom says:

      Great post Lola. But I think Angie is right. At least the leaders of BLM and definitely the financiers want to stoke violence.

      • Lulu says:

        They are also getting their licks in while they can. Things are going to change in January regardless of who is elected. I think Hillary is pandering her head off but will not put up with a lot of crap especially since “minorities” turned on she and Bill in 2008.

        All of this is to drum up the minority vote turnout in November. Minorities have never been weaker politically. They vote for the most shallow issues like police racism which is relatively rare while they are decimated economically with impunity by a “black” guy which makes it just dandy. Baltimore and Chicago are good examples of what follows. The Obama/Hillary model is to take this into cities where minorities have employment in much better numbers such as Dallas. Is this model going to work in Dallas or Texas? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way it is a cynical effort to harm minorities economically for political advantage.

    • elliesmom says:

      I think Angie is right, too. I think the only thing that’s going to change the situation is for the political winds to take a dramatic shift.

    • I think there is an agenda of provocation, sure, but I don’t think they expected it to get this far out of hand. I think they thought they could control it. They were wrong.

      • elliesmom says:

        I respectfully disagree. I think this is a build up to the coming conventions. None of them are old enough to remember the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention backfired on the people protesting and ushered in Richard Nixon. While a lot of people had sympathy for the protesters, most people didn’t want a government run by thugs. When the BLM kids were viewed as misguided college students, they were mildly entertaining even to those who disagree with them. They’ve stepped over the line now even with a lot of people who have supported them. While the kids themselves may be shocked at where this has gone, (a quick look at Twitter says at least some of them are very pleased with themselves), the group has always had political and financial backing from groups and individuals with a violent agenda.

        You and I have experience teaching kids who have legitimate gripes, and I know I want to be sympathetic their problems. But I can’t make excuses for this.

        • I appreciate the respect, EM, and return it. I do see what you mean, and I do see the coordination. It was just tooooooo damn convenient that another police killing and BLM popped up just like that after Clinton and Obama campaigned together. I saw that collusion in the media sure as shit. I even agree that the choreography was aimed at the conventions, with an eye toward scary riot in Cleveland and a big, beautiful, diverse protest in Philly.

          What I don’t see coordination on is the sniper fire on police in Dallas.Yes, there are some black power groups and some black folks who feel that was justified, and I don’t agree with that at all. Few Americans would. But I don’t think the BLM leadership, or the political organizers who astroturfed it thought it would result in the mass killing of cops. That narrative doesn’t work for them. And it can threaten to turn the tide against them. It already is.

        • 49erDweet says:

          The key to understanding BLM is their poor judgement reacting to #Dallas. Instead of pausing a moment and expressing humanitarian feelings, they’ve pressed on – virtually doubling down. That’s an important ‘tell’. Means they are not a human rights organization. Instead, pushing for revolution. Their “supporters” need to come to term with the fact they are now exposed as being a revolutionary, anti-American group of thugs.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Interesting issue. I think the Dem powers that be really don’t want a civil war, martial law, etc. They want to keep the fuse going to drum up voters and win. I think the mainstream BLM types are mostly the same. It’s a fun ride, they make money, get power, and might help the Dems keep winning. But I wouldn’t be surprised at New Black Panther’s types in BLM, who would loooove a full on civil war. And sadly I think some rank and file BLM supporters are up for a civil war by seeing some of the on the street reactions. E.g., people saying the understand the frustrations the killer must have had.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Interestingly the pro civil unrest/war types can’t count very well. American blacks are around 13% of the population now, and with current levels of immigration and population growth, they’ll be around 5% of the population in a few decades. I’d recommend new tactics.

      • Venus says:

        Ha! That’s pretty much what Hillary said: i.e., white people need to listen to & understand the frustrations AA have, “seen and unseen” with society. /eye roll

  7. votermom says:

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Great suggestion 😉

  9. helenk3 says:

    backtrack wants marshal law in this country and this summer is his last opportunity to get it. yesterday there were protests in many cities around the country. People are on edge and as the weekend progresses it will get worse. Mistakes will happen. People can get hurt or killed. Since he was installed in office, he has inserted himself how many times into police shootings without the facts. Both he and the black caucus fan the flames every time. His friends the black panthers have been killing cops since the 60s and would just love to kill a few more. His bff al sharpton has gotten people killed is is making money off hate. His friend heading the dept of crime would just love to vilify all cops and be big chief in charge of all law enforcement both federal and local.

    just my opinion

  10. DeniseVB says:

    The DNC has jumped the shark, again.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    • leslie says:

      Statistics mean nothing to BLM unless they can “prove” the lies that group promotes. If you watched Kelly File last night, or Fox&Friends this morning, you’d have seen and heard the BLM person completely yell, scream, loudly talk over the stats being reported.Then bring in their own stats to prove the lie.

  12. DandyTIger says:

    Beautiful post. So well said. Thanks!

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

    If the cops were half as bad as BLM claims there would be no riots or protests. Not for long, anyway. Instead the police stand by and watch.

  14. helenk3 says:


    frankly UN , we do not give a damn what you think.
    you have leeched off this country for too long as is

  15. helenk3 says:

    this is the best picture I have seen in 3 days. Maybe some are waking up and understanding that the police are not the enemy

  16. Kathy says:

    Interesting post..thanks. Every time I hear racism cried, my mind says it’s a socio-economic problem and that leads to the reason it is never confronted. The simple reason is that it keeps political power for the democrats. People are used and manipulated so that a few can retain their power, making children out of those used.

  17. Dora says:

  18. Dora says:

    How ridiculous she sounds!

  19. helenk3 says:


    police killings up 44% this year compared to last year

    more ambushes on cops

  20. Dora says:

    The Circus is Back!

  21. helenk3 says:


    about those “peaceful protests” in Phoenix.
    just a different idea of peaceful

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Finally, I found my new political party identity 😉

  23. Dora says:

    I love this man. I remember when he was shot. I remember the day, with his wife by his side, he forgave the man who shot him. I cried at the time because I couldn’t believe that people could really be that good. I cried again this morning when I saw this interview. This is what I call a saint.

  24. helenk3 says:

    just a short break
    have to vote her out
    updated slogan for hillary

  25. helenk3 says:


    the site where this came from is usually sarcastic and funny.
    but this article is a serious one and it is true

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Well, yes…..

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Paul Ryan’s primary challenger ….

  28. helenk3 says:

    this video contains raw language. I wish more mothers no matter what color would listen to this lady. she gets it

  29. AFVet says:

    Take America.

  30. SHV says:

    FWIW, the “assault” rifle used in Dallas was apparently a Soviet era SKS, a 1940’s design that is even “legal” in California. However, I suspect that Obama et. al will continue to say evil AR’s must be banned inorder to prevent attacks on police officers.

    • CiscoKid says:

      It’s really simple, they, Democrats, don’t want you, the law abiding citizen to have any type of firearm.
      Call it an “assault” anything and oooh, it’s evil.

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