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All Lives Matter...

Updated on July 15, 2016
Laurinzo Scott profile image

I am a person who lives to write and writes to live; because it is such a way to tether human spirits to this sometimes confusing plane


First the hysterical masses were screaming ..."Black lives matter... and then... All lives matter... and now... Cops lives matter" They are right on all fronts.

The lives that are being ignored however are the lives of those monsters (or corporate giants) who head and control our major media outlets and feed our brains the "skewed , fictional, watered down, biased versions of the "truth" , we dine upon daily. This country is so divided on the issue of race yet again that many parts of the modern world are "embarrassed" for us.

Although certainly there are issues we must address as a nation.. how did this new racial fever ignite? and how good is it for selling newspapers, inspiring viewership, and fanning the flames of discord among the masses.

I simply challenge Americans across the board (and of all races, religion and preference) ; that before you...

  • Say that cops are targeting Blacks for extermination
  • Say that backs are too sensitive or even paranoid
  • Say that Black people instinctively have disdain for authority
  • Say that are secret enclaves of Blacks preparing for a race war
  • In many states the law requires more hours of training for barbers and chefs than for Police officers

... consider these facts:

In 2012 there were over one hundred blacks killed by police... that same year there were nearly 400 whites killed..

Many "Community Policing" (*see definition) programs were spearheaded and initiated throughout troublesome cities such as L.A., Chicago, and New York by white officers.

According to a 2015 survey at the University of Pennsylvania black cops were more than 3 times more likely to discharge their weapons

From the years 1995 to 2013 , there were an average of 50 police officers slain for each of those years...

over 40% of those perpetrated by blacks

None of these facts are ever reported by mass media channels. Could it be because these facts don't stir up as much controversy or curiosity?

Could it even be that a media system controlled by the likes of Disney, or the Fox Entertainment Group could be only interested in stimulating even more revenue into their over 30 billion dollar enterprises? ... even at the expense of accurate, factual reporting.

It is interesting to me that there is not much more coverage of the monster who killed those officers in Dallas. I guess it is easier for the media to create monsters than feed them.

I am certainly not saying that the media is responsible for the growing racial unrest in this country; but maybe some more responsible reporting could carry us into a more positive view!!!

After all ... ALL TRUTH MATTERs!!!

*com·mu·ni·ty po·lic·ingnounnoun: community policing

  1. the system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants.

The All Lives Matter Campaign

For several months before the horrible incident in Dallas took place; "Black Lives Matter" was plastered over every local and national airwave. Regardless of the intent of some or all of it's members; and the nobility of it's cause. the movement was greatly misconstrued and even zealous reporters made blatantly biased reports on this movement and what it meant. Of course Black lives matter, white and brown lives matter too.

I think it is important to remember that the taking of lives by officers is serious and needs to be addressed; it must be acknowledged that it is a strained system that is forcing out officers who may or may not be ready to assume the incredible responsibility that their job requires. More training and more extensive mental health assessments are in order.

It is unfortunate that in the wake of recent events the reputation and rapport that two distinct segments of our society share has been tarnished so severely.

It is time for us to heal, put the past behind us, and each of us take the responsibility to educate ourselves our children and our community about the dangers of not embracing all of mankind. It is time for us to rise above something so petty as the differences of our skin color and focus on the common things we all humans share. Maybe a more responsible media can start inundating the airwaves with segments like these;

What Do You Think?

Do You Think the Media Sews Racial Discord?

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      Live To Write 15 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I think we can change things if we destroy our own personal, pre-conceived, and media motivated expectations... I really appreciate your comment Ashley

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      Ashley W 15 months ago

      This piece is really encouraging. I also hate the growing racial tension in our country.

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      Live To Write 15 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes, Glenn I agree the media is selective with the truth... may haps because of who owns most of the outlets... Thank you so much for commenting

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      Live To Write 15 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for commenting bravewarrior ... and yes I too wish we could live in peace; but I guess it is up to God; as our parent to step in and break-up his feuding children...

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      Glenn Stok 15 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Very well written. I like your slogan "All Truth Matters." That really means a lot because the media does not carry all the truth. They only show short selected sound bites that end up aggravating people watching because they don't get the full story.

      The two videos you included are great. These "truths" are hardly ever shown by the media.

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      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      Laurinzo, I have so many thoughts on what's going on in our country right now. I don't usually respond to political or racial conversations, but I do have an opinion and these are mine:

      1. The media has always and always will present us with ugly news because that's what boosts the ratings. Good news is rarely reported to the media, which is why we don't see many of those feel-good-do-good stories.

      2. I would not want to be a cop in today's society. With military weapons being sold on the open market, dangerous people have weapons of annihilation at their hands. Why these weapons are sold in gun stores is beyond me. With that said, cops - and citizens - face a greater threat than ever before. It seems shoot first and explain later has become a means of defense and everyday life.

      3. We strove for years to gain equality for all races. We achieved that reach decades ago. Now, those who were previously discriminated against are the ones calling the race card. Why is that?

      I work a few blocks from the LGBT club in Orlando where 49 people were killed and over 50 were injured several weeks ago. It was after that massacre that the Dallas shootings occurred and Black Lives Matter sent out a YouTube video that a protest was scheduled for a certain date all across the United States. Once such protest was scheduled for the lake upon which my office building is located. Measures were taken to secure the area and keep us all safe. It turned out to be a bogus event. Thank God!

      What happened to equal rights? Why are those who feel they are in the minority (LGBT, blacks, etc.) insist on putting themselves in the limelight and segregating themselves from humanity? We worked on solving this problem. We succeeded. Why are certain groups building those walls back up again?

      Why can't we all just live in peace? Get rid of the guns. Definitely get rid of the military weapons that can take out an army of people. You have an issue? Talk it out. Or fist it out. Throw away the guns. Stop bringing differences in skin color and sexual preference into the spotlight.

      We reap what we sow. Have we forgotten?

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      Live To Write 16 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for your comment Ericdierker ... I agree 100% ... the news is now just another entertainment forum

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. The little I talk about such matters, and it always originates by another, folk do not talk about issues but rather what they saw on an entertainment show called "news". It is so prevalent that it gives me the willeys.

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      Live To Write 17 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much norlawrence for the read and comment

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      Norma Lawrence 17 months ago from California

      Very good article. You information was great. Thanks