Tragedy In Dallas

Today’s post will be more serious than the other posts. Today, in my backyard, a peaceful protest turned violent. With all the police brutality that has happened recently with Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, parts of the Texas community came together to protest.

It started last night, July 7th, with a peaceful march over the police killings that had resulted this past week. Two lives were grieved as protesters stood in unison with each other and even police.

The night turned dark when a shooting occurred from an elevated area leading police to discover a sniper. The first shots were not at ground level; they appeared to come from El Centro Community College, where police later cornered the suspect and killed him in a standoff. Now, police hold three suspects in custody, and one suspect claimed there to be bombs planted downtown.

Police have blocked off roads, and buildings have been closed due to the ongoing investigation.

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President Obama spoke on the situation and ensure Federal Government support in this investigation process. As of the latest update, five officers have been killed while 12 have been shot.

It is a tragedy for Dallas as families and friends lose their loved ones; civilians fear for their safety downtown; and the world is exposed to such violent acts of “resolution.”

Major news stories covered just this week include the Alton Sterling killing, the Philando Castile killing, the Piedmont Park hanging (although declared as a suicide at the moment), and now the Dallas shooting.

There is so much to explore and realize from the past events. Only solidarity and respect for one another will rebuild the trust. It is hard to believe these things are happening in real time, but it is a learning opportunity to wake up one another and stop the division. Stop the profiling. Stop the hate. An eye for an eye? How does one fight fire with fire? Love is what makes the world go ’round. Let us not forget the revolution era when John Lennon released his famous single, “Imagine.”

I am blessed with the safety of my friends and family. I am blessed with the privileges I have. That is enough bliss for a lifetime.

How do you return the favor?

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You, ..

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You, ..

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
AND THE WORLD WILL BE AS ONE”

Citations: CNN, NBC

 

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