After a two-week break, Lyle and I are back with episode 24 of Beer & Bros. On our last episode, we took a lighter look at the Summer Olympics; this time, we’re back to real news and discussion. We had plenty of options from which to choose, and decided to talk about police officers being shot, a discussion that devolved into a talk about the Black Lives Matter movement. What could a Southern white man and a Northern black man have to say on the subject? Click play and find out.
Police officers get shot. It’s a risk each one of them is aware of when they put on the badge. Recent events, however, have put an extra large target on the backs, necks, and faces of these people. They are people, by the way.
In just the last few months, in only three separate incidences, nearly a dozen officers have been shot–singled out and targeted in order to set an example. Dallas, Texas; St. Joseph, Michigan; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana may be the beginning of a much larger problem.
One of the attacks, the shooter drew the police officers out into the open by placing a 911 call and asking for police to be dispatched. When they arrived, he shot several – sniper style – before being killed by an explosion detonated by a bomb robot.
Who is responsible for this type of behavior? This is not an ISIS issue. Many believe the Black Lives Matter group is responsible for inciting violence against police officers. At its root, the movement’s claim is to spread awareness of the cycle in which much of the black community finds itself. They feel downtrodden, racially oppressed, and poorly represented. Their purpose, however, is being overshadowed by their methods. The peaceful and respectful demonstrations used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his cohort to make change have been replaced by vulgarity and bombastic behavior.
Listen to this episode of Beer & Bros. to get a taste of Lyle’s an my views on the situation as a whole. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Will this silliness end, or are we headed for darker times?
Let us know what you think, and thanks for tuning in.