This is NOT a either/or situation in America. Either you are FOR the police and against blacks or FOR black justice and against police.
My dad has been a police chaplain for 45 years so I grew up around law enforcement and have incredible love and respect for many close friends who wear the badge. That reality has nothing to do with the fact that we have a racism problem in our country.....one where we have made some amazing strides over the years but it is deep and it goes back 300 years.
We, as white people, have no clue what it is like to be black in our country, and we also have no idea the depth of sick racism that has existed and how that impacts us TODAY! When we see this incidences arise in our country, our black friends are trying to raise their voice and get our attention to things (not just by police) that they have endured their whole life. They finally can get our attention as we pay no attention to it. And what we do is try to find the holes in their arguments and all the blemishes on the particular person who was just gunned down. "Well, he smoked weed, so he was a bad guy." "He was a thug." "He stole from a convenience store." "He stole liquor from a gas station." I've done all of those things. We like to red herring these situations.
The riots in Watts and South Central LA are looked at by white folks and they say, "Stupid black people, burning down their own neighborhood." But we have no clue that a big part of that is a simple cry to be seen and noticed and treated the same. Plus, those ghettos were created primarily because the racist laws of our country.
Do you white person know what it's like to have your people for decades be forced into slavery, lynched, murdered because of your skin color, told that you are sub-human your whole life and that you can't eat in the same restaurants or go to the same schools as white people. Do you know what it's like to be sequestered into specific neighborhoods and be told that you can't get a home loan because you are black and then forced into created ghettos with no city services, no backing for public schools, or you can't get a job because you are black and therefore can't support your family? Do you know what that is like. How about taking a moment and hear someone's story? Hear what it was like to grow up black in America. Hear about the stories their parents and grandparents tell about being segregated. Why can't we be FOR our police officers and look out for them AND go over the top to build bridges to our Black community???