If anything, most black people, like anyone other law-abiding citizens or residents, were outraged and angered over these kind of sick assaults on our communities.
But we are also tired of the speed-of-light rush to judgment, and the collective need to blame black people for all of society’s ills.
That is exactly what happened in the hours after police officer Justin Martin and Sgt. Tony Beminio were ambushed by a cowardly lone gunman as they sat in their patrol cars early Wednesday morning.
Social media, with its tweet-first-ask-questions-later way of communicating, quickly became an ugly, racist lynch mob intent on stringing up anyone ever associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Shame on u Obama!” the tweets rang out in unison. “BLM is a cancer!”
“Obama’s gangland America,” read another. “If this is the society you like, vote Hillary.”
“This festering hatred toward police that’s been allowed, and even encouraged, under Obama ends with Trump,” wrote another tweeter. This one calls herself “Faith.”
The problem with that narrative is that suspect Scott Michael Greene didn’t fit the Black Lives Matter profile. Not only was that evident by his white skin, but by his apparent fascination with the Confederate flag,
How ironic and sad it is that the Twitter trolls would try to pin the heinous murders of two cops on the Black Lives Matter movement and its so-called hateful followers when it was Greene, the alleged shooter, on video spewing dreadful hate.
Greene, 46, clashed with cops last month at a high school football game where he waved a Confederate flag in front of black fans during the National Anthem.
“I was offended by the blacks sitting through our anthem,” Greene wrote after posting a video about the incident.
“Thousands more whites fought and died for their freedom. However this is not about the Armed forces, they are cop haters.”
Greene later ranted on the same video that police violated his rights by ejecting him from the game.
Weeks later, two cops were dead.
Even as the social media storm was brewing and the Black Lives Matter backlash was growing against Hillary Clinton, President Obama and even Colin Kaepernick, Greene turned himself in.
It was probably the smartest thing he did.
It saved the cops the trouble of taking down some innocent black man for the crime.
As for the angry white rhetoric, there has been no apology.
And, for the record, that wasn’t a Black Lives Matter banner that neighbors saw on Greene’s front lawn.
It was a Trump/Pence sign.