A Divided Nation

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Where do I start? Almost everyone here in the United States knows about the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the twelve police officers in Dallas. In case you missed them, here are some short synopses of each.

On Tuesday, July 5, the citizens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana woke up some dreadful news. “Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five,was shot in the chest and back by a Louisiana police officer outside a convenience store.” (Leah Donnella, npr.org) Protests commenced shortly afterward and occurred all throughout the country.

In Saint Paul, Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed Philando Castile on Thursday, further dividing an already fragile country. Reports say that he was reaching for his license in his wallet when the officer took the initiative, and when the shooting occurred Castile was carrying a firearm.

Lastly, if the previous shootings hadn’t done enough to divide our union, we have even more devastating news. On the night of July 7, twelve police officers were shot while five were killed in an ambush  during protests in Dallas.

“A suspect who was killed by police after snipers shot 12 Dallas officers, five fatally, ‘wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,’ police chief David Brown said.” (NBC News)

Marking one of the worst weeks our nation has ever seen, we Americans need to dispel with our racial prejudices and our biases. Political correctness, racism, and violence have proven to be ineffective and simply detrimental. All lives matter, whether black or white, male or female. We need to unite as Americans, or rather, as humans, because hate gets us nowhere.

Author: Joe Schmid

Questions? Ask away at josephschmid4@gmail.com

Works Cited

Donnella, Leah. “Two Days, Two Deaths: The Police Shootings Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile.” NPR. NPR, 7 July 2016. Web. 11 July 2016. <http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/07/07/485078670/two-days-two-deaths-the-police-shootings-of-alton-sterling-and-philando-castile&gt;.

Smith, Alexander. Bruton, Fr Brinley. Chuck, Elizabeth“Dallas Police ‘Ambush’: 12 Officers Shot, 5 Killed During Protest.” NBC News. NBC News, 8 July 2016. Web. 11 July 2016. <http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dallas-police-ambush/protests-spawn-cities-across-u-s-over-police-shootings-black-n605686&gt;.

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