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Say it. Not one more.

Jeanne Sager - Columnist
Posted 6/1/20

Last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man named David Roddy tweeted a call for police officers who didn't have a problem with the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis to turn in their badges.

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Last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man named David Roddy tweeted a call for police officers who didn't have a problem with the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis to turn in their badges.

David Roddy is a white man.

He's also the chief of the Chattanooga police department.

On Thursday in Wichita, Kan., a man named Gordon Ramsay took to Twitter to say that in the video of the final moments of George Floyd's life, he sees “a murder committed by those who are violating the very oath they swore to uphold.”

Gordon Ramsay is a white man.

He's the chief of the Wichita, Kan. police department.

Last week Andy Hall, a man from Fresno, Calif., took to Facebook to tell his community how he felt about the murder of George Floyd. “This officer's actions and those officers that stood by and watched the death of George Floyd violated the oath of the more than 800,000 men and women who dedicate their lives to serve their communities,” Hall said.

Hall is a white man.

He's the chief of the Fresno, Calif. police department.

Why does it matter that these are white men?

Why does it matter that these men all hold positions of power in law enforcement?

Because when a Black American is killed unjustly by police, white people and people in the law enforcement community quickly go on the defensive. Not all white people! Not all cops!

But the stories Black Americans are asking us to hear are not about all white people. They're not even about all cops.

They're about the very bad white cops who take the lives of innocent Black people, over and over and over again.

Tamir Rice.

Sandra Bland.

Eric Garner.

Philando Castile.

Alton Sterling.

Michael Brown.

Freddie Gray.

Delrawn Small.

George Floyd.

They're about the white people and members of law enforcement who are too busy screaming “not all white people” and “not all cops” to take the time to say “I see you. I hear you. I respect you. I stand beside you in demanding that not one more Black person be murdered by police.”

But it can be done.

We can step outside of ourselves and walk in another's shoes, take some time to consider their pain and suffering, stand up against hate and injustice.

David Roddy. Gordon Ramsay. Andy Hall. They're not defending all white people or all cops. They're saying not one more.

Will you?

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