The Problem With Revolutions is You Don't Get to Choose.
It's been another terrible week of gun violence. First another two black men are killed by police officers in dubious circumstances, mostly on camera. Then in Dallas last night, some men, I assume black, took revenge by ambushing police officers doing their duty at an otherwise peaceful rally.
I denounce all of it. It's all a terrible waste. But so are the unaddressed problems of obvious tyranny the black community have been trying to surface within the political system for several decades. The school to private prison pipeline, Jim Crow 2.0, the mass incarceration of people of color, the undeniable video evidence of, at the very least, poor judgment & training on the part of many officers, if not callous disregard for certain categories of lives.
If one of the tenets my gun fetishizing, government-hating, friends is always spewing is some version of "We need our guns to defend ourselves against government tyranny." Then, we can't be surprised if people of color are the first ones to take up arms against the system over legitimate grievances, not rallying around some abandoned Igloo Alamo standoff in snow country or around some desert Rancher who won't fulfill his legal contract with the American Public.
People of color have videotaped, and marched, and protested, and been to court. They have petitioned their government for redress. They have availed themselves of all the peaceful and lawful means the law provides for them to address the issue of extrajudicial killings by police and have been rebuked at every turn.
The problem with revolutions is you don't get to choose who starts them or who joins them. You can't fetishize guns as a means of freeing oneself from tyranny and then be upset because the people being freed are not white.