We are not a nation known for nuance— apparently what’s implicit is not always obvious. But if a sensitive, painstaking explanation is what’s required, then let what’s viral be helpful.
Thing is: The sniper who shot the officers in Dallas did a devastating disservice to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and to all African Americans. He created a situation wherein the ignorant and racist will choose to use it to reinforce their beliefs. Though he wasn’t, in fact, affiliated with those in the hopeful and peaceful collective, we live in a Post-Factual democracy— facts mean little or nothing; misconstruance will win the day.
His myopic, misguided actions poured gasoline on a burning building. And that is a tragedy we’re all subject to.