All lives matter, not just black or blue

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All lives matter, not just black or blue

Connor Earegood

Connor Earegood

Connor Earegood

Connor Earegood

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During the past 12 months, 61 police officers in the United States have been killed on the job.

They were mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons, and they gave their lives to protect us.

They did nothing to deserve their deaths. The only reason they died was because of their line of work.

It makes me sick to think that organizations can label police officers as racists and monsters when they give so much, sometimes life or limb, to protect us and our property.

I have had the amazing gift of living with a police officer and talking to many.

I understand both sides. I also have some friends who feel the police have harmed more than helped.

Protesting police and the shootings of some unarmed men and women is OK, but killing someone in cold blood as retaliation for someone else’s actions is not how you create change in the world.

Yes, some officers rush to judge someone they are arresting or detaining, but their actions do not speak for the majority of good, respectful, and tolerant police officers who risk it all to make the world a safer place.

Most police officers would not shoot someone, even if they were armed, unless they felt they were going to be killed by the person. I believe no police department in our country would keep them on their staff.

Killing someone solves nothing! It only causes bloodshed and tension between police and young people.

Some argue that people’s situations determine their actions, but there is no situation in the world that could require someone to take a police officer’s life.

Killing someone will not make your life better.

The best advice for people in this country is to talk to each other, and to have respect for everyone.

The only thing you’ll get for murdering  anyone is a prison sentence.

The only way we can solve the tensions in this country is to peacefully talk to each other and work toward our goals as a country.

In the 1960s, civil rights leaders didn’t kill those who disagreed with them. They treated them with respect, and instead of causing violence, they peacefully protested until their civil rights were confirmed.

Instead of saying “black lives matter” or “blue lives matter,” let’s all agree that “all lives matter.”