A peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas in recognition of racial problems contributing to the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on Tuesday and Philando Castile in Minneapolis on Wednesday, was disrupted by snipers who killed five police officers and left six others injured.
I would like to express my condolences to all the family and friends of all these people killed. I would like you to know you are all in my prayers, along with all of those injured.
I was watching news coverage as the protesters were beginning to leave the area, police dressed in their summer uniforms, not riot gear, when shots broke out. I saw police work to protect civilians who had come out for the peaceful demonstration, and then dive behind cars as they realized they were being targeted.
While watching this live, I switched from station to station to see if the main news stations were covering this unfolding event. They were not.
This morning I have been watching the news stations, switching from one to another. I heard a heart broke President Obama speak yesterday about the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. This morning I heard President Obama speak about the sniper attack of police in Dallas.
Listening to the news stations on different channels, I find it difficult to understand that they are talking about the same situations I just viewed. I do realize that although a picture is worth a thousand words (and live video must be worth 10 times that), a picture does not tell the entire story. I was still amazed that one station focused on President Obama and the one part of his comments about the ease of getting guns. Another report focused on the peace and cooperation between police and protesters prior to the shooting. Yet another report focused only on the officers, and the hate of the snipers, and no mention of what had brought them all together.
In defense of all news organizations, I would like to say this is a multi faceted story that can not be reported in one simple report in one or two hours. The investigation is on going in these evens. Witnesses and suspects are being questioned. Political analysis will be on going. Social analysis will be on going.
I pray for our country that we can learn to live in peace, and make the dream of a country where our we are judged by our character and not our skin color a reality. There are many, white as well as black working toward this dream of Martin Luther King, the American Dream. Please join us.