We’re not long into summer, but already we’re long on tragedy. Police shootings of black men in Minnesota, Louisiana, and beyond. A mass shooting of police officers in Dallas.
Yet this surplus of tragedy seems to have created some confusion. So let’s clear things up.
There’s a difference between cops killing unarmed black people and the horrific murder of cops that just occurred in Dallas.
I don’t wish to diminish the losses in Dallas, or the loss suffered any time a cop is killed. That’s a tragedy beyond words. But it’s still different from the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and so many other black men and women who’ve lost their lives at the hands of the police.
The cops who killed Sterling and Castile were employed to protect the public. Sterling and Castile, in other words, paid the salaries of their own killers with their tax dollars. The murderer in Dallas, on the other hand, was no public servant.