Assassinations of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge mark a dangerous escalation of race hatred. America’s highest-ranking leaders are fueling the problem.
In two separate instances this past July, one in Louisiana and the other in Minnesota, police fatally shot two black men. On the surface, these shootings look bad—as you can see in some of the videos that were made. If the officers involved are found to be guilty of racism or brutality, they should be punished to the full extent of the law. In America, no one is supposed to be convicted before receiving a fair trial.
The New Black Panther Party announced on Tuesday that they planned to carry guns at next week’s Republican Party convention, in a sign of the racial tension that is roiling the nation as President Barack Obama spoke in Dallas, to pay tribute to five white police killed by a black gunman.
The NBPP has surged to the forefront of America’s consciousness following the killing of two black men by police and the retaliatory murder of five white policemen in the space of three days last week.
Formed in Dallas, Texas in 1989, it is not an official successor to the Black Panther Party of the 1960s, but bears the same ideology.