Logan is afraid of "black people".
Oh yeah, you heard me.
I tried to explain why cops were being attacked, why they were on edge, and scared and how many of them have being targeted just because they were cops. I tried to explain why (some) black men and women felt threatened by the police. I had to explain the ignorance of most people regarding race, equality, slavery, the assumed "oppression" of all black people and the assumed "privilege" of all white ones. I gave examples of oppressed white people, and the privileged black ones. I explained that we are all our choices, our determination, our hard work, and motivation... NOT our skin color. That while many things could try to keep us down (our skin color, poverty, having no parents, etc..) we were ultimately responsible for our own outcome in life. I had to explain that when ignorant people voice their opinions based on feelings instead of facts and the news dramatizes it, it makes us grow further apart and nothing is solved. I had to explain that most of those people had ZERO idea of what they are even fighting for; including those kids, following their sports "heroes" in kneeling during the National Anthem. They were just following along with the crowd, their friends, social media.. like mindless people unable to think for themselves..
Then came the questions that I had no explanation for: Why would you have a gun and not put it down when told to by the cops? Why would you break the law and rules to start with? Why were these people stealing, breaking glass, and burning things and tearing up the place they called home? Logan had a hard time understanding why they were doing all these bad things instead of doing good things to make it better. I told him I had a hard time understanding that, too. He wanted to know why they were so mad at the cop for doing something wrong when they were doing things a lot worse. He wanted to know if they would get in trouble, and I said that it wasn't likely. He didn't think that was fair either.
Finally, I had to re-assure him that there are a lot of nice, black, people in the world. That it wasn't fair to blame all black people because the ones (always seen on TV) are behaving badly; Just like it was unfair to hate cops because there are some bad ones in the mix. I wanted him to understand that it's not black v/s white, cops v/s us, but instead: it's simply good v/s evil. I assured him that good ALWAYS wins.
When I see the behavior of these black men and women tearing up the great city of Charlotte, NC, the lawlessness, the violence, the complete disregard for each other, I'm infuriated, sickened, and saddened. BLM is doing a HUGE injustice to their own people. And frankly, African Americans should be extremely pissed off about it. We all should be. And the media.. well, the media should shut the #*!! up! Get your facts straight FIRST, report SECOND, and then leave it alone.