You don't respond to hate with more hate.
You don't respond to violence with more violence.
You don't respond to injustice with more injustice.
Hatred and violence are not the way forward for humanity. They are, in fact, what have held us back.
The common refrain is "No justice, no peace."
What does that mean?
Does it mean that without justice, violence is the only recourse?
If that's the case, nothing will change. Injustice will compound injustice until we're so far down the hole that there's no getting out.
No justice. No peace.
No peace in that you will not be able to sit comfortably at home as if nothing is wrong.
No peace in that a mirror will be held up to you to show you your true reflection.
"No peace" has to be peaceful.
What the protesters in Dallas were doing last night was shaking up the comfortable. They would not go gently into that night. They would make their voices heard, so that people of good will could come to some solution.
The Dallas police were there not to oppress the protesters, but to make sure they could march. They were doing what a police force should.
What did the shooter accomplish? Did he move forward the project for justice? Did he save the next unjustly killed black man?
No. He himself unjustly killed other human beings.
Some will say "How can we be peaceful in the face of injustice?"
I will say: Has revenge ever solved anything? Are we going to batter and kill each other until none of us are left?
There are no easy answers. The road of peace is the most difficult road. Violence is easy.
But the acceptance of a common humanity, however far away that goal seems, is our only hope. Without it, it will be a world of fire.