"They want to make it a black and white thing, it’s not a black and white thing.”
McKinney, Tx -- Protesters in McKinney clashed Friday night when two opposing groups came out to express their opinions on the controversy surrounding the McKinney pool party incident. Police separated "Black Lives Matter" demonstrators from the "Back the Blue" contingent when tensions escalated.
The protest opposing police brutality was organized by Next Generation Action Network and included speakers calling for the arrest of former Officer Eric Casebolt, trying to prevent him from escaping justice for his violent behavior. The father of the young girl attacked and traumatized by Casebolt spoke at the rally, saying,
"My daughter is in recovery mode right now, but I am not going to stop until she gets the justice that is due to her. It is not right for grown men to feel they are entitled to mishandle young girls.”
The "Back the Blue" mob counter-protested, showing their unwavering support for the cops by yelling back and waving flags, but that's not all. One protester, in particular, employed the same intimidation tactics used by the violent police he showed up to support by walking up to his opponents "with an assault rifle across his chest," according to Fox4 News.
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And then something unexpected happened. Two opposing protestors met in the middle, literally and figuratively, and spoke civilly about their differences. They talked, they listened, they held hands and said a prayer, and they hugged. It was a raw moment of beautiful, humble, compassionate humanity exchanged in the midst of anger and chaos.
It was a moment of hope.
Lashadion Anthony, the man protesting the brutality told reporters, "They want to make it a black and white thing, it’s not a black and white thing. It’s a community versus the police that are abusing their power. We’re not saying that all police are racists and all police are bad, but there are certain police that are abusing their power.”
The other man, Scott Harmaring stated, “It means that we can work together. It means there's a chance that we can fix some of the problems in our society today if we'd all just learn to do what we just did and work together and pray together, there's a chance."
Yes, there is a chance. Thank you, gentlemen, for reminding us in such a beautiful way. We could all stand to follow this wonderful example and extend compassion to those with whom we disagree, in order to come together to fight injustice. As cliche as it is to end with a quote by the great Martin Luther King, Jr., it is quite fitting in this case.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”