Let me go ahead and tell you what you won’t read in the paragraphs below. You won’t read that I believe there should not be due process and a continued investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown. If Officer Wilson is guilty of a crime, then by all means, let the Justice System do what it does best. You won’t read that I am not saddened by the loss of life in any way, of any kind, and especially a young person. You won’t read that my perspective of Law Enforcement has changed. My husband and so many of our friends put their lives on the line every single day without hesitation in protection and service to our communities across America.
Now let me tell you what you will read. You will read that my heart aches for the youth of America. All youth, of all nationalities, of all races, and all colors. You will read that my level of anxiety and fear for my LEO husband and all of our LEO friends is at an all time high. And you will read that I am disgusted by the lies and pot stirring that is being done by the media and other less than well meaning bloggers, activists, and 15-minute-of-famers who are subjecting us all to their own versions of what they think happened, or their own guilty conscious for being whatever race they are other than black, or worse still, crucifying the Law Enforcement Community in the midst of an ONGOING INVESTIGATION in which we STILL DO NOT HAVE ALL THE FACTS.
For two weeks the only person I have subjected to my indignant outbursts and frustrations of what is happening in Ferguson, MO., is my LEO husband. But I can’t hold it back anymore. I am SICK of the hypocrisy and truth spinning. I am past growing weary of the blame game and the guilt trips. And I am outraged by the lack of common sense that seems to have overcome our nation.
“Stop the Violence” has been the mantra these past two weeks. Yes, for the love of all that is holy and good, let’s stop the violence. We have police officers and their families living in safe houses outside of Ferguson because of this “righteous anger” as one blogger put it. SAFE HOUSES. There are windows being broken and innocent business owners being stolen from because of this “justified rebellion.” Children are having to wait to start school because of the violence that we are supposedly attempting to stop. Buildings IN FERGSON are being burned to the ground by RESEIDENTS OF FERGUSON in protest of the shooting two weeks ago. What in the world?
We can make this an issue of racism. Media outlets can attempt to create Officer Darren Wilson into whatever monster they deem him to be all the live long day. We can make this about the supposed lack of transparency from the Ferguson Police Department as they continue to investigate the incident. As broken, fallen humans, we can make this about whatever fits our cause or position today.
But what we should all be doing is making this about the truth. About honesty. About calling a spade a spade. Retired General and former Florida Congressman Allen West may have said it best, “Folks, truth is not an assault on someone’s character.”
I could fall into an incredibly biased rant at this point and I am struggling not to. I can admit that. I can admit that I fear the moments my officer and our Blue Line family members hit the door to go out to protect our community. Tensions are high all over this country, there is no denying it.
Here is what I will say, as parents, we have to fight harder for our children. We are parents. Not friends. Parents. We should know where our children are and what they are doing and who they are with. We should be teaching lessons of respect for others, self-respect, work ethic, integrity, and character. These are not always easy lessons for children or parents. But we are failing our kids and leading them down a road of destruction and death if we do not fight harder to teach them the basic life lessons that will keep them safe and ALIVE. I am not talking about defense against the big, bad, police. I am talking about the character lessons that will keep them from ever coming in contact with Law Enforcement outside of a speeding ticket.
Let’s train up our children in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from those ways. Let’s train up our boys to be men. Let’s teach our girls how to be women who inspire greatness. Let’s teach our children love and respect. Not just for each other, not just of race and gender, but for authority. Let’s create a generation of young people who are honest, hard workers, and virtuous. Let’s raise children who strive for excellence and want more themselves. Let’s encourage our children to do good, to love mercy and justice. Real justice. Not this modern day “justice” that is merely a mask for revenge and hate.
Our kids don’t have to be the shooters. And they don’t have to be the victims. If we, as parents, are doing our job in raising these kids, our society has a chance to correct the path we are currently traveling down.
I don’t know all the circumstances surrounding Mike Brown’s death. But I don’t believe Officer Wilson and the Law Enforcement Community at large should be demonized for doing their job.
Inspiring hatred of anyone or any group of people is wrong and will only lead to more tragedy. Any loss of life is tragic. And what we as a country have turned this incident into is also tragic.