Philando Castile is another victim who, though seeming to do everything right, was judged and sentenced to death.
It is sad to hear this story first-hand. My wife Tiffany and I flew down as fast as possible after learning of the shooting because we made a pact to not just watch the news, but to show up and do what good we can. Yesterday we went to ground zero at the Governor's mansion where the protesters gathered.
My phone started to ring with calls from friends who knew Philando. Several expressed that he was a nerd in school and he has never been in trouble. One person from his high school class, Autumn Rush, said, "He was the furthest thing from aggressive." more >>
As I read the news reports, my heart immediately went out to the families. The media has been fueling the flames of racism and hatred for some time and we are reaping the whirlwind.
Yes, hatred and racism do exist, but from my vantage point, not to the degree they are being portrayed. I see tremendous love between the black and white communities — love we should be encouraging.
What if we looked through a different lens other than the lens of the secular media … more >>
After the fatal police shooting of two more black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week, headlines blared, "Black Lives Matter!" Now, after the fatal sniper shooting of 5 police officers and the wounding of 7 others, headlines blare, "Blue Lives Matter!"
As Americans, we must come together and declare that All Lives Matter, regardless of color, ethnicity, or social status. Every life is precious in God's sight and must therefore be precious in our sight as well.
Together, we must condemn all acts of cold-blooded murder. more >>
UPDATE: 1:20 PM ET: A U.S. government source told Reuters the Dallas shooter has been identified as Micah X. Johnson, 25, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Johnson was a resident of Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Police are searching Johnson's home. Three other suspects remain in police custody.
UPDATE: 8:40 AM ET: Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters at City Hall Friday morning "The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."
DALLAS – Snipers operating from rooftops in Dallas killed five police officers and wounded six more in a coordinated attack during one of several protests across the country against the killing of two black men by police this week. more >>
UPDATE: 3:15 AM ET: A fifth Dallas police officer has died from injuries he sustained after being shot by a sniper Thursday at the end of a Black Lives Matter protest, the Dallas Police Department confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning.
"It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died," the Dallas Police Department said on Twitter at 3:08 a.m. Friday.
The local CBS news station also reported that Mark Hughes, a man named as a person of interest after being seen wearing a camouflage T-shirt and carrying an unloaded AR-15 at the protest, has been released by Dallas police and is not a suspect. more >>
Amid the shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, rapper Lecrae spoke out against the "All Lives Matter" mantra, saying it's not applicable because black lives don't matter in America.
Many people have posted photos and video commentaries on social media with the hashtag "Black Lives Matter." Others are posting commentaries with the hashtag "All Lives Matter."
In a passionate Instagram post beginning with "#philandocastile," the Reach Records founder said using the phrase all lives matter is offensive, explaining: #AllLivesMatter hashtag is like spitting in the face of black folk. It comes off as extremely selfish and unsympathetic to a mourning person. Not because all lives don't matter. Of course they do. But it's very clear that black lives don't to many in this country. No one goes up to lung cancer patients and says 'Folks with breast cancer matter too!' #AllCancerPatients matter. That's Insensitive." more >>