If you read this post yesterday then you know I had this lovely paragraph about Detroit that was based on a mistake. I forgot that the 5 police officers were killed in *DALLAS* and not Detroit. This space is not a news site. It is a narrative and features and scandalous words site. It would not be out of character for this space to write about Detroit as if it was the city that lost 5 cops. But even this space has its limits, its sense of right & wrong. Thus today’s correction.
I said this on Facebook, “Dallas. Sh*t. There is no equivalency. 2 more dead African American men and 5 more dead cops. You can’t kill enough cops to make it right. Just stop killing, stop the violence. There are too many stories in history of the lives destroyed by civil unrest, civil war, bloody revolution and so on. This is not the way.”
Candyce Collins quoted U2 on Facebook. I wasn’t going to say anything about the death of 5 police officers in Dallas yesterday. It shouldn’t happen. Nor should we know of the death of 2 African American men in the last week. We do. 5 people gone too soon.
I fear we are witnessing the end of an age. 5 police officers gunned down by a veteran who managed to acquire an assault weapon. Please let’s not rehash the “less guns=more safety” conversation. The bodies in the streets are a bellwether of a generation long end to the American Experiment. It’s going to get worse, much worse.
Today is not a day for words for me. I need music. My musical answer to Candyce’s U2 is Mick Jagger: