How is it that over the past ten years or so, we have come up with themes like Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and Biker Lives Matter? Your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker was obviously raised in a different time in a galaxy far, far away. Back in the old days, we were raised to believe all lives mattered.
While race relations have continually improved over my 55 years of being on this orb, it seems to me that since Michael Brown, a black man who had just strong arm robbed a gas station, was shot and killed by a white police officer, race relations started to slide. What happened after Michael Brown was shot was especially horrifying for me, as I spent 20 years of my life in Saint Louis. Ferguson, a suburb of “The Lou,” swirled into a state of anarchy, with the black community burning businesses down, throwing molotov cocktails at police cars and the Missouri National Guard being called in to restore order. In the aftermath, the Obama administration sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Brown’s funeral – and Obama, himself, claimed that if he had a son, he would look like Michael Brown. In my humble opinion, this was the start of our current slide in race relations.
Grey Beard will go on record saying that he still believes ALL LIVES MATTER. Since when do we accept the notion that one group’s lives matter more than another’s? That said, I have a very special place in my heart for Blue Lives. My son-in-law was an Orange County, Florida sheriff’s deputy. Soon, he will be graduating from exhaustive training to be a DEA agent. So when I read about a law enforcement officer being killed in the line-of-duty, it hits too close to home for me. So today, I am sharing the story of a police officer, veteran and father who was killed in Savannah, Georgia. Rest in Peace, Sergeant Kelvin Ansari! And thank you for your service as a first responder and your 20+ years serving for all of us in the U.S. Army.
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