So there's what's right... and there's what's smart.
Someone tried to start a war in Dallas tonight... and I GUARANTEE you, that police around the country are going to react.
Reports are that 11 cops and one bystander were shot... by at least two people with rifles and two more with pistols... and at least 5 are dead right now, with 3 more in critical condition.
At best, police are going to be hyper-vigilant for trouble... Hopefully NOT seeing it where there isn't any and overreacting...
... but it would amaze me if there wasn't at least some overreaction. At least some anger and fear and grief and frustration that spills over into violence...
... and if you don't think there are people who want to exploit that overreaction, you' really don't understand what's going on in this country right now.
Think about it... if you were an enemy of this country... internal or external... If you were a white supremacist, or a black separatist, or an anti-american islamist... Wouldn't it be great if you could get us to start a civil war against ourselves? Set cops against the public, black against white?
... and how much worse will it get if... when... there are more incidents?
Understand... this wasn't a random or spontaneous act of anger or frustration. This was a deliberately planned and executed attack, with pre-planned siting, and a planned evade and exfil, that they executed properly.
That doesn't mean they were professionals, or had any training... but it does mean this was a deliberate act of political violence.
This was a terrorist provocation attack.
The purpose of terrorism is not just to cause direct damage... it is to provoke overreaction from the controlling authority, against the populace, in order to increase internal strife and chaos, and to increase resentment and reaction against the controlling authority.
... and I can't think of any better way to draw such an overreaction right now, than to start killing cops at a black lives matter protest.
Smart people... people who really should know better... Are already reaction in anger and fear, and saying things like "this is black lives matters fault', or "the cops deserved this"...
... That's exactly what they want...
... Because that's what terrorism does...
That is the goal, and purpose, of terrorist attacks. It is to create terror, chaos, strife... To draw overreaction and create resentment, that the terrorists can take advantage of.
... and it's working.
So... here's my advice... For everyone, but especially if you are a young black male.
Stay home... ESPECIALLY at night... until next Monday.
It's a heat wave weekend... violence always goes up with heat waves anyway... now this? STAY HOME.
Don't go anywhere there are big crowds. Don't go to protests or vigils or anything else. STAY HOME.
If you DO get pulled over, and you get hassled... don't get visibly angry, don't fight, don't yell, don't scream... DO record the encounter if you can...
Wait until you aren't under the control of an angry scared man with a gun pointed at you... Wait and get a lawyer. Wait, and file a complaint with the Justice Department and the state AG.
Is it wrong... Hell yeah...
But you can't fix it if you're dead.