Hours after Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, loaded a high-powered rifle and meticulously shot 12 Dallas police officers –killing five — a lawyer friend sent me an email saying: “Sooner or later, someone was going to shoot back.”
He was right.
My friend was not condoning the shootings — and cold-blooded murders — of the Dallas police officers, but he was echoing years of deep frustration among Black Americans who have watched helplessly as one by one, young Black men are dying on our nation’s streets during questionable confrontations with white police officers.
While many believe there is an ongoing war against Black men across our nation — and I agree — the racial powder keg that has been smoldering for so long finally erupted in Dallas last week. It was the deadliest single day for law enforcement officers since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
President Barack Obama wisely cut short his European trip and returned to Washington, D.C. Sunday night. The president described the police shootings as “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”
The president plans to travel to Dallas this week, and, as the White House noted, Obama will spend this week supporting police officers while addressing “persistent racial disparities” in the criminal justice system.
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