The police officers in Dallas were protecting Black Lives Matter protesters. To honor them, protect Black Lives Matter. Protect black lives.
We have to hold police accountable in unjustified killings, to protect innocent & responsible police (like the officers in Dallas) from unjustified killing.
The idea “black men are dangerous” feeds the paranoia of police confronting black men. Every time a police officer’s violence is defended by “he was justified in fearing for his life” or “he was protecting bystanders from an apparent danger” or putting blame on the person shot, the idea “black men are dangerous” is reinforced, making police panic and violence MORE likely.
Every time a police officer kills a black person and goes unpunished, the message is sent to the black community that “police are your enemy.” Police like those in Dallas do not WANT to send that message. Anyone who wants to protect the police should not be sending that message.
The fallen police officers in Dallas were wounded and died still protecting Black Lives Matter protesters. Honor them by supporting Black Lives Matter.
Increasing the safety of the most vulnerable will increase the safety of everyone, including the police. Protecting the safety of the police first does not increase the safety of the most vulnerable — or of any of the rest of us.