Understand that I believe any death of an innocent person is tragic. But I think that Colin Kaepernick and others (black lives matter) are wrong about what is preventing them from standing at the National Anthem. If they were being honest, they would realize that the number of police shootings of innocent Black men is very small compared to the number of Black men, women and children gunned down in our inner cities like Chicago.
The number of killings of Blacks in Chicago so far this year has topped the total of last year in just over 9 months. By far the majority of killings of Blacks in Chicago and other major cities in the US are done by other Blacks. If Kaepernick and others were protesting that, I would be supporting them. Those people are the ones that are suffering the loss of members of their families. Those are the families I feel sorry for.
There are many reasons why that is happening in our major cities but that is not the point here. The point is this—Black lives do matter no matter who causes the death. That is something that I believe every American could get behind. Let’s not forget the genocide going on in far too many inner cities. That has to be the primary focus of all of us.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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