I don’t generally criticize other journalists.
But I’m disappointed in Shaun King.
He posted this.
And then pinned it to the top of his page.
It’s been shared over 40,000 times.
For the life of me I don’t understand how this helps make things better.
I get that it taps into anger.
I get that it gets people all riled up.
But what does that accomplish?
How does that help?
How does that make things better?
When it comes to Colin Kaepernick I have that same anger.
I think it’s disgraceful what’s happened to him.
I’ve defended right from the beginning.
He’s always been one of my favorite players.
And I admire that he had the COURAGE to fight for what he believes in.
And it cost him dearly.
But I also think this cartoon is disgraceful.
I just think it fans the flames.
I think it’s meant to incite people.
I’m not going to pretend for a moment that there is not police misconduct.
I’m not going to pretend for a moment that some police shootings are criminal.
And I’m sure as heck not going to pretend that I don't worry about how my daughter might be treated by police based only on the fact that she is black.
But at the same time I still believe that “most” police officers are good people who joined the force so that they could help.
I guess the bottom line is this.
I’d like to ask Shaun King:
How does posting this help?
How does it further the cause?
How does it generate real dialogue?
My guess is that if I met him I’d like him.
We agree on a lot of things.
But at the same time I think he and I have different approaches on how to accomplish those goals.
I could sit here all day and post things that tap into people's anger.
But what's the point.
I'm only interested in one thing.
Getting people to talk AND listen.
Then again maybe as a white guy I don't get what it's like to feel oppressed.
Maybe if I had different life experience I'd be mad as heck.
I just don't know.
I only know that I want to hear other perspectives.
I want to hear what other people have to say.
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