If only Dallas could be our tipping point - only if we do something new

Number of:

Days I avoided news coverage of the police shootings in Dallas, 4

States where police-citizen or citizen-police shootings have occurred in the last week, 3

Times I have heard pleas that we need to “begin a conversation” between opposing sides, 11

Culturally devastating events that have occurred in Dallas in my lifetime, 2

New voices worth listening to, 3 (Police Chief Brown, mother Mia Taylor, surgeon Dr. Brian H. Williams)

Times I have heard consideration of possible mental health issues in the shooter in black-white or white-black shootings, 0

Times I have recognized a cultural tipping point while it was happening,4 (taking drinking and driving seriously, accepting same sex marriage, opposing the Vietnam war, banning public smoking)

Times I have recognized a cultural tipping point only later, 7 and counting (things like recognizing alcoholism as a disease, discussing childhood sexual abuse and breast cancer, others)

Times I have witnessed random acts of kindness from police to citizens, 12

Times I have witnessed random acts of kindness from citizens to police, 15

Times I have recognized a personal tipping point while it was happening, 2 (seeing LeBron James in Trainwreck and suddenly deciding he was likable, converting from White Sox fan to Cubs fan)

Times I have recognized a personal tipping point only later, I don’t know yet

Hugs one Dallas police officer reports he has received in the past 48 hours even though he is not a very huggable person, 2,000

Times I have started a conversation about Dallas, 0

Fatal assaults of this kind where the weapon was other than a gun, 0

Heartbroken parents and other family of Dallas police officers, all

Heartbroken parents of shooters interviewed, all

Children who lost a father in the Dallas shootings, 5

Children who lost a father when my father died in a plane crash, 1

Times I have heard the language of truth-telling and reconciliation applied to healing after this and other shootings, 1

Sides this issue appears to have at first, 2

Sides this issues actually has on further exploration, numerous

Hope I have that this is the start of a tipping point, modest at best

 

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