The shooting of several police officers at a peaceful protest in Dallas was horrific. My heart goes out to the officers and their families.
So many people have lost their lives; including the shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, who was blown up by a robert carrying bomb.
In an exclusive interview with The Blaze Micah Johnson's parents spoke about their son, and the hurt and confusion behind the shooting spree that led to his death.
Micah Johnson joined the military to serve his country. He once believed that it was worth fighting for. He was disappointed to learn that the military wasn't what he thought it would be. Micah spent seven months in Afghanistan, and served a total of six years in the military. When he returned home he was not the same. His mother noticed him becoming somewhat of a recluse.
According to Micah's father he began thoroughly studying black history and culture after he left the military.
His step mother said he never showed any signs of hatred toward white people.
So why did he commit such a violent act, and why did he target white officers?
I think this was retaliation.
Trayvon Martin was murdered by a white man just because of how he looked; and America said that was okay. George Zimmerman got to walk free. After seeing that, we, as a people, watched as black man after black man was murdered by police officers throughout this country. And we watched as everyone of those police officers were found not guilty. It hurt, and if I feel enraged over it, I can only begin to imagine what a black man would feel. We are dealing with an entire country that tells us with their laws and policies that we don't matter.
Micah Johnson did not hate white people.
Micah Johnson hated injustice.
He hated the government's treatment of black people.
He killed white officers, because white officers are killing black people.
I believe he did it because of his love for his people, and because he felt there was nothing else he could do.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary. - Malcolm X