Back in August, when Ferguson was first blowing up, I thought surely that this would be another thing that Americans care passionately about…for about two weeks.
We Americans are a passionate, caring bunch of people. We care enough to change our social media avatars to reflect our cause of the week. We vehemently express our opinions and send text messages to donate a few bucks when a natural disaster strikes part of the country.
But it is clear every now and then that with the steady drip of conversation, the relationship of race and authorities is still in the hearts and minds of America, as it should be. The issue of police brutality recently even found a place in Franklin Graham’s Facebook feed, which as of this writing has been shared over 80,000 times.
I have to call us out however, because most of what we have written and said has fallen into two categories. On the one hand, we have the narrative of police brutalizing minorities. And on the other, we have the argument that “most cops are good and don’t deserve this bad rap!”
It’s that second argument that I am done with.
I can’t stand to read it one more time.
If you post something like that, I just might unfollow you for a while on Facebook.
Not because it’s not true.
But because it is – most cops are probably good.
And if most cops are good, then they should embrace all of the scrutiny, all of protestations, no matter how unfair they are.