God made us all! We all matter!
In 1788, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington, “Son of the Republic,” wrote, “The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far on the road to happiness and glory, to forsake us in the midst of it. By folly and improper conduct, proceeding from a variety of causes, we may now and then get bewildered; but I hope and trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path before we shall be entirely lost.” Sounds like those words were meant for us right now. Truer words have never been spoken. It is heartbreaking to watch the chaos taking place in America. The world is witnessing hatred and violence destroying buildings, churches, cities and statues that have stood proudly for hundreds of years. Are the riots “still” about George Floyd? Maybe he was just the excuse for all the destruction and violence! Did he deserve a gold coffin? Were protesters fooled by those in charge of the protests? Did many even know why they were protesting? Hundreds have been injured. Many have been killed. The BLM signs protested police brutality. Rioters looted, destroyed and assaulted. Many brought weapons. Protesters created a movement to defund, disband and abolish the police. In several liberal cities, civic leaders and mayors agreed.
The famous Texas Ranger statue gracing a Dallas airport was removed. Not even the “feared” Texas Rangers could stop it! What a pity! Speaker Pelosi suggested Confederate statues be removed from the US Capitol. Some in the Pentagon want to rename military bases named after Civil War heroes. America’s history won’t change just because statues and buildings are removed or renamed. The BLM chantings have spread all around the world. Yet, nothing happens when Blacks kill Blacks. BLM stays silent. Days after George Floyd’s death, Chicago was the battleground to 25 murders and 85 wounded by gunfire, mostly Blacks. Father’s Day weekend saw 102 shot with 14 killed in Chicago. Some were children. Where is the outrage? By now, police officers around the country are exhausted, tired, disheartened and demoralized. Many are quitting while others are retiring. Who can blame them? It’s time for a career change! Many white officers around the country are bowing down to Blacks. In North Carolina, white officers and civilians got on their knees and “washed” the feet of Black religious leaders. They asked for “forgiveness” for “their” white ancestors’ mistreatment of Blacks!
So, where do most BLM donations go to? Who’s in charge and who keeps the millions donated? Does it help Blacks, communities or politicians? Some cities already “defunded” their police departments. Major cities already saw what happens when the police stand by and do nothing. People were injured and property was destroyed. There is now a “police” free zone in Seattle where the police are “not” allowed to enter past “their” wall! Unbelievable! Police no longer in charge? When the police used rubber bullets and tear gas, innocent protesters were injured. Police officers were hit with bricks, some critically. Even Black officers are being assaulted. Many city leaders defend the rioters and the looters instead of backing the police. Some say that buildings and property would not be protected, not even the family stores.
During the marches, I’ve seen more whites holding up the BLM signs than Blacks. Antifa protestors are dressed in black from head to toe. Many crossed state lines to join forces with the BLM protestors. Some news sources claim that George Soros and Hillary Clinton are financing both groups. That can only mean “big” money. Once again, were the riots really about George Floyd?
Then again, what do I know? COVID-19 appeared to be winding down. Businesses and churches were starting to re-open. The economy was reviving. But then, the riots began. Night after night, there has been violence and destruction on city streets. Retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn was killed during the riots. There were no BLM marches, no protests, and no riots in his honor. There was no gold coffin for him. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stayed away from “his” funeral. A Black male was charged, but there was no outrage from BLM. Trump has offered his help in order to bring law and order back to many liberal cities that are still having riots. City leaders are telling him to stay away. Businesses are cautiously hiring again. People are going back to work. COVID-19 is back on the news. Why are white people apologizing? God made us “all” in His own image! I will never apologize for my race or my color? I am proud of my heritage! To God, all lives matter! America, united, we can still survive! Divided, we will fall apart! As caring Americans, we are all “Sons of the Republic!” This new “Civil War” is about Trump, and everybody knows it! Remember that, this Independence Day!
Joe Gonzalez is a regular contributor to the A-J’s opinion pages. He lives in Lubbock County.