While I appreciate your commentary I can only wonder if you actually read the poem.

. May I ask why you do not find the need to humanize the police officers in this shooting or the others? Surely dedicated men and woman, whether they be black, white, green, orange or purple, who literally put their lives on the line on a daily basis in a country where anti-cop rhetoric is spreading like wildfire deserve that and perhaps more. A massive weight will forever anchor down their hearts for defending themselves — not to mention the public scrutiny they will soon face — all because a woman decided it would be wise to go up against armed police with nothing but a shotgun in one hand and her son in the other. In the spirit of honesty, let us address the all-too-fashionable double standard: would you, or anyone for that matter, find the need to “humanize” a white mother who confronted police with a weapon while her very own offspring sat besides her cringing in terror? As someone who is quite attuned to the hypocrisy, nay, international casuistry of my fellow Americans, I am quite sure the answer to that question is a resounding no. In the recent years, the hero and villain roles have been turned upside down: a cop who is forced to shoot a man, as justifiable as it may be, it labeled as a thug while the real thug is labeled as a hero, regardless if the evidence proves this way of thinking to be groundless. In this particular case, people will go as far as to deny the official police reports, forming conspiracies along the way and calling the incident the intentional murder of this young, obviously troubled woman; they will cherry-pick their “facts” and claim that institutional racism and a corrupt system are solely responsible for the fact that the wounded child no longer has a mother; they will even have the gaul to proclaim her actions as brave and necessary, the latter of which fills me with a sense of foreboding when I contemplate the future of a country where police officers are afraid to do their jobs, shrouded with fear that they, too, will have their faces plastered on CNN if they dare raise their weapons on someone who intends to do them bodily harm.

. I did in fact read the poem to its entirety. Although our views obviously differ, I do admire you for, among others things, your writing talent and passion for a cause you believe to be just (a characteristic trait I find quite admirable). And while I highly doubt my knowledge of civil rights is in par with yours, though I admit having studied the movement quite throughly, certainly having done my due diligence, I can honestly say, without fear of contradiction, that the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., a man of love and peace above anything else, would condemn this young woman as I have, perhaps along with the entire Black Lives Matter movement, especially now that it has transitioned from its formerly humble beginnings to a quasi-hate group- a product of poor, dimwitted leadership and groundless assertions that it refused to lay to rest. Though my skin certainly lacks melanin compared to yours, a difference I find to be meaningless and irrelevant, I assure you that you and I both were moved all the same the first time we read King’s. Letter From Birmingham Jail. Let us not pretend that the civil rights movement of today can hold a candle to that of fifty years ago; for while the latter persevered through discrimination and racism the likes of which no millennial, namely, a major population group within the BLM movement, has ever faced, the former is merely a perverted cause full of lies and misinformation, hiding under the cloak of a fake cultural/social enlightenment. DowJonez