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Thoughts but not prayers on Dallas

To whoever did it in Dallas,

Diamond Reynolds was unnaturally calm when she made a video of a police officer pointing a gun in her car after shooting Philando Castile while her 4 year old daughter was sitting in the backseat.

Then the phone kept recording when they forced her out of her car and onto the ground while her daughter screamed from the backseat and Philando Castile expired in the front seat soaked in blood.

Then Diamond kept the phone running while she was put in the backseat of a police car handcuffed while her daughter tried to console her and Diamond unleashed her anguish over the death of Philando Castile.

You would have to be inhuman to not feel how horrible and devastating it is to be black and driving a car with a broken tail light. Diamond showed us what it is really like.

And now, Diamond’s bravery and calm and final grief is going to be quickly forgotten because you had to take matters into your own hands.

Those of you who survived your terrorist activities will receive better due process than Philando Castile or Alton Sterling ever did. But who is going to remember that?

Who’s going to tolerate another march for black lives who are being slaughtered for minor traffic violations when they can see how you mowed down 11 police officers, 5 of whom are now dead?

It’s Dallas, where assassinations are not unheard of. It’s in Texas. And everyone and their brother has a gun. This nation is armed to the teeth and we have an orange colored loose cannon running for president. But it’s not him I’m worried about. It’s his crazy ass followers. It’s going to start to look like the Wild West. That’s not the country I want to live in.

Retribution is bound to follow and Diamond Reynolds will be replaced on the front page by pictures of you and the heartbroken family members of the people you killed.

What a stupid waste.