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It is a season of remembering names. I am adding one to the list. She was shot dead on July 5 in Indianapolis for exercising her First Amendment rights by responding to mostly peaceful rioters proclaiming that black lives matter with “all lives matter”.
Her name is Jessica Doty Walker, and these hate mongers canceled her permanently. The cowards pulled guns on her and her friends, who responded in kind. So the BLMers deescalated, bumped fists, and waited nearby in ambush for them to leave and then fired from cover.
These are the fruits by which we can judge the current violence and the politicians that indulge and enable it. The message is simple. Elect a man rapidly progressing to a vegetative state who will surrender to Xi and the insurrection, or they will continue to escalate the violence. Like Jenny Durkan, the Seattle Mayor, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett is a former US Attorney nominated by Barack Obama.
On June 1, Former President Obama decried the violence that continues to erupt:
First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation — something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood.
On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause. I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.
Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
I agree with these words. Would that his political progeny were as dedicated to reform within a framework of civil order as these words demand rather than condoning broad insurrection.
In unrelated news, background checks for gun purchases nationwide were four times more numerous in June 2020 than June 2019.Published in