Kalyn Chapman James was the first African American to be crowned Miss Alabama back in 1993. Today she posted a video to social media explaining that she feels bad for not having any remorse for the officers slain by Micah in Dallas. She claims that she knows it’s wrong to feel that way and she feels bad about it, but that her want for police reform simply outweighs her care for the officers who gave their lives for being officers.
To Kalyn, I have to applaud you for being brave enough to put your face on such a statement, but I also have to say that you’re going to catch a lot of hell for it. I will not condemn her for feeling that way, because too often violence and death are the only way changes occur in this nation. The Civil Rights Movement wouldn’t have been successful if police and other white Americans weren’t killing African Americans while they protested peacefully. The violence is coming, and unfortunately, we have to say ‘who do we feel worse for’? Do we feel worse for the officers that are part of the criminal enterprise that is the US government or do we feel worse for those who are killed by the enforcement arm of the government?
However you feel, one thing is certain, Kalyn is going to be hated by most Americans, because even though police do kill us, they are not all bad. Even though they abuse their authority on a regular basis, they are also being used as pawns by the government. The men and women that put on those uniforms are people just like you and I, struggling to make a living, and often they find themselves in a position where they must comply or struggle without a job. Most Americans would comply, so we shouldn’t be hating on them and we certainly should be sad that they were murdered in much the same way we mourn for all people killed by police every year.
Good luck going forward, Kalyn. I disagree with your sentiment, but I understand exactly why you are torn in that way. My peace find its way to you soon. Here’s the video: