Seeds: At this point, videos of young black men being shot by police officers all too commonly fill our TV and computer screens. Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, everyday the list of names seems to grow. This week, two more names were forever ingrained into the American psyche: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. As the news of these shootings come to light, protests across the country are breaking out. While the vast majority of these protests are peaceful, there are the rare few that result in violence.
Core: Last night, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas, five police officers were shot and killed by army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson. The suspect, Johnson, stated that his motives for shooting the officers stemmed from his anger over the recent shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
Skin: As tensions continue to rise and emotions run high, the debate over police brutality is more relevant than ever. Furthermore, as The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah pointed out, the divisiveness of the issue has made it seem as though there are only two sides to this issue: pro black people or pro cops, when in reality, it is possible to be both.
Leaves: After a lengthy standoff with police, Johnson was killed earlier today. For now, Americans continue to mourn the lives lost in the past few days. Both the lives of the police officers and those of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. One can only hope that all of this bloodshed will lead to some systemic and legislative change that will combat this senseless violence, but for now the future is unclear.
Food For Thought: What do you think about the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements? Do you think it's possible to be both?