Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I Love This City But I Wonder If This City Loves Me

The most compelling piece of visual media you shall see this week is not a video posted by a member of the self-promoting Kardashian family, nor anything remotely linked to them, any of their spouses, or any of their enemies (arch or otherwise). 

It is this:

July 8, 2016 FB post of Police Officer
Montrell Jackson, Baton Rouge, LA PD 
KIA - July 15, 2016

Montrell Jackson spent roughly one-third of his life as a police officer in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Department.  On July 8, 2016, seventy-two hours after Alton Sterling, an African-American man, was shot and killed by one of Officer Jackson's fellow officers in a parking lot outside of a convenience store, this thirty-two-year-old man who was black and blue and who was a husband and father of Mason, a four-month-old little boy, used social media for a worthy purpose.  

Less than seven days after Officer Jackson said what he meant and meant what he said on his Facebook page, he was murdered in the line of duty in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, July 15, 2016, a coward ambushed Officer Jackson, his colleague Police Officer Matthew Gerald and Deputy Brad Garafola of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department (both of whom were Caucasian in the event that is important to you to know) and killed all three of them.   

Officer Jackson's sister, Joycelyn, after learning of her little brother's line of duty death said, "It's coming to the point where no lives matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever."  

I hope like hell Joycelyn Jackson is incorrect.  

I am less than confident that she is.

A realization that scares me to my core.  


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