Nina Turner is a State Senator from Ohio. I began following her on Twitter a couple of months ago and after hearing about the “vicious, calculated, and despicable attack” on police officers I went to her feed to get a little perspective.
It turns out that Nina not only is an African American mother but she is also a mother of a police officer, so she gets this.
12 hours ago (before news of the slain police officers) she was tweeting this.
Then an hour later, after the murders in Dallas, this…
2016 will not be the divisive year for Democrats that 1968 was. We cannot and will not let events that are paralleling 1965 where a racially-charged traffic stop lead to the Watts riots and the indelible images on the relatively new broadcast medium of television fueled the reactionary politics of fear and hate for decades to follow.
We now have a tragically ever increasing volume of mind-numbing videos that continue to prove America’s two tiered justice system and we will get to a place where love trumps hate.
But not yet, not last night.
Remember, we can beat this. We will find and convict those who killed the officers last night. We will also fight to find justice for those who should still be alive today such as Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling.
The justice that will eventually come will not be exactly what any of us would like it to be. We’d all rather, as Nina tweeted, that none of this had to happen at all. We also have to keep in mind the difference between murder and killing. Because of whom was wearing the uniforms when people die 100 times out of 100 a slain officer will be murder, and even in the unbearable litany of black deaths in the hands of officers (not to mention white deaths), 99 times out of 100 we will be seeking justice for a killing, not murder.
Understanding the difference between a killing and a murder is critical. If we can understand this and teach this, then there is hope we can continue to improve on the notion of justice for all in our nation. And in today’s society, justice for all means focusing with clarity on the fact that black lives matter.
Wave at or salute or thank a peace officer today for the work he or she does. Let those of us who can spread the love and respect we all deserve.
And if you need any evidence on who would love the history of 1965 (or is it 1860?) repeat itself, below is a screen shot of today’s Drudge Report.
Also, please read Rick Perstein’s Nixonland and/or Invisible Bridge so we are not destined to repeat the mistakes of our past. I don’t think we will, but it is important to understand how news, especially news regarding race relations (not to mention religion), affects the politics of the right.