Another day, another tragedy. At a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas last night – a rally where protesters and cops were taking pictures together, where peace reigned, where we were seeing solidarity – murderers struck. Armed with sniper rifles and highly coordinated, they managed to kill 5 police officers and injure 7 others.
This is domestic terrorism. This is terrible and unacceptable. The actions of these terrorists undermines the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement and it’s supporters. Not because the murderers represent BLM (they most certainly don’t), but because this becomes an easy way for BLM critics to paint the movement as violent and dangerous.
I don’t have a lot to say this morning. Last night was surreal and scary, and it’s still difficult to process this morning, as more news comes in and we watch the videos from Dallas. I only hope and pray that this event, rather than tearing our nation further apart, can instead rally us all together.
Violence to protest violence is not the answer. I know it’s not my place, as a member of the oppressor class, to tell the oppressed how to respond to their oppression. And violence certainly would seem justified and logical at this point. But, as a Christian, I know unequivocally that Jesus showed us that the only way to break the cycle of violence is through non-violent action. Not non-violent inaction, not laying down, but concerted, imaginative action that gets attention and shows the futility of continued violence against one another.
Jesus was wept last night. Weeping at the death, and our inability to understand that only in solidarity and complete regard for all human life- black, white, police – will we find peace. I pray we can begin to understand that.
While I don’t have many words today, my wife Arianna wrote something beautiful and moving in the middle of the night as she watched the news coverage. I will be sharing that here later today.