Baton Rouge Officer Killings: Like Lives, All Words Matter

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(Photo: Reuters/Joe Penney)Activist Matthew Kincaid holds a sign that reads "Disarm the cops" as he protests the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 16, 2016.

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

And the whirlwind in which we find ourselves is a nation so filled with unchecked anger and hatred so deep it seems we can't go a week without a cop killing, this time in Baton Rouge.

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Susan Stamper Brown resides in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events.

In this age of instant news, people feel compelled to react instantly before facts come out, aided by race-hustlers who consistently fan the flame of division with inflammatory words and then step back to watch the world burn. In response to the Baton Rouge killings, President Obama lectured, Americans must "temper our words and open our hearts."

Hi pot, meet kettle.

Cleveland's Police Patrolmen's Association president, Detective Steve Loomis, who spoke to Fox News while events were still unfolding in Baton Rouge says Obama's own words are to blame.

"It's absolutely insane," Loomis said, "that we have a president of the United States and a [Democrat] governor of Minnesota making the statements they made less than one day after the police-involved shootings. And those police-involved shootings, make no mistake, are what absolutely have triggered this rash of senseless murders of law enforcement officers across this country. It's reprehensible. And the president of the United States has blood on his hands that will not be able to come washed off."

The damning comments Loomis referenced were Obama's: "When incidents like this occur, there's a big chunk of our citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same …"

And Minnesota Gov. Dayton's: "Would this have happened if the driver were white, if the passengers were white? I don't think it would have."

Not long after, five officers were killed by a man who reportedly had it out for white people. And now, three more officers were killed on July 17.

It's as simple to understand as an indisputable law of the universe: cause and effect; coddling groups conceived in and fostered by hatred will reap bloody-bad results.

Ask slain Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson's sister Joycelyn Jackson, who the Washington Post reports understands the anger fueling the Black Lives Matter movement, but still believes "God gives nobody the right to kill and take another person's life … It's coming to the point where no lives matter," Ms. Jackson said.

And she's right. In reality, though, all lives matter, but if you say that you'll be labeled a racist. I suppose Jesus was also a racist in that he died for all, regardless of skin color.

A song I learned as a kid went like this: "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world."

My how America's changed.

Days before he was assassinated, slain Officer Jackson prophetically posted on Facebook that he was "tired physically and emotionally," and said he wondered if the city he loved, loved him back.

"In uniform," he wrote, "I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat … These are trying times. Please don't let hate infect your heart …"

Obviously, Jackson's alleged assassin allowed hate to fill his heart. The Daily Caller reports the shooter, Gavin Eugene Long "was a [former] Nation of Islam member" who "railed against 'crackers'" on his YouTube Channel. The New York Daily News reported that in another video Long defended the Dallas cop shooter saying, "It's justice. You know what I'm saying."

Yes, Gavin, we got what you were saying. You showed us in Baton Rouge.

And mark my words, this mayhem will continue unless hatred is replaced with God's love and forgiveness. Then sanity will return to the citizenry and law and order to this nation. God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind, so maybe there is hope for us in ours.

©2015 Susan Stamper Brown. Susan resides in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. Her columns are syndicated by CagleCartoons.com. Contact her by Facebook or at writestamper@gmail.com.