July 9, 2016
There are some wanting to blame all in the Black Lives Matter group for what happened in Dallas. Some want to blame all police officers for what has been happening involving shootings. The thing is, both are wrong. We need to blame hate itself.
In Boston at the marathon it was the hate of two that caused the bombs to blow up but love responded by the hundreds. One bomb blew up and folks ran to help victims not knowing if there would be more bombs blowing up. When the second one went off, more ran to help not knowing if there would be a third.
It happened right here in Orlando when the hate of one caused the deaths and woundings of over 100 but love responded by the thousands.
When some police officers are involved in shooting citizens and the reason is questionable, it involved that officer but some want to blame all police officers. Yet again, the actions of a few are always responded to by acts of love by the thousands.
Think about all this for more than a second or two.
The Dallas police officers were protecting the protestors even as gunshots were being aimed at them. The next day, after eleven of their own were shot and five of them died in the line of duty, they showed up for work the next day to, yet again, protect protestors. They showed up all over the country to do what they always do, protect others.
It happened in Georgia when officers responded to a call from a man claiming someone broke in and they were ambushed.
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a man called 911 in south Georgia to report a break-in, then ambushed and shot the officer who came to investigate. Both men were wounded in the ensuing gunfire, and both are expected to survive.People line up to hug police officers in Dallas
After an interfaith prayer service, crowds lined up to hug police officers in downtown Dallas. Five officers were killed in a sniper attack on Thursday.
Profiles in courage
Dallas police offer a somber salute as fallen officers are transported into vans in the early morning of July 8, 2016 after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Demonstrators were at a Black Lives Matter rally, protesting the killing of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Minnesota, when gunshots rang out from a Dallas building overlooking the march route. Police officers were deliberately targeted, officials said.
(Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News)
In a Dallas hospital's chapel after shooting, 'hope in a time of chaos'
Dallas Morning News
By Sabriya Rice
Business of Healthcare Reporter
Published: 08 July 2016
Sabriya Rice/StaffArlene Williams, in black dress, hugs an unidentified woman in the chapel of Baylor University Medical Center. The woman is the wife of a Dallas police officer who was working Thursday night.
As she likes to do on most days during her lunch break, Arlene Williams knelt to say her daily prayers on Friday, in a small chapel tucked away on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center.
Some days, she prays all alone. On others, Williams, a 59-year old African-American who works at the dentistry school located on the medical center campus, comforts others seeking solace from the chaos of life.
Friday was one of those days when life would intrude unexpectedly on the chapel’s calm. As Williams stood to leave, the sound of sobbing flooded the hallway. Then hospital staff escorted in a woman whom they described as the wife of a Dallas police officer.
She was trembling with emotion. Her glasses were pushed upward to hold back her blond hair, thus revealing her eyes, which were puffy from crying and lack of sleep.
“Does she need a prayer?” Williams asked without hesitation. Within moments, the woman was crying in Williams’ arms.
The two had not previously met. And it’s unclear which officer the woman, whose full name was not provided, was with. However, the shared moment between these strangers offered a glimmer of hope after a night of fear.
Outside the chapel walls, there was division and distress as the city and nation face the aftermath of the shooting that left five officers dead and seven injured downtown. Inside, there was only connection and solace.
“You can still love,” Williams said to the woman. “Dry her tears, God. Don’t let hate in during these trying times,” she prayed.
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