An interview given by an eyewitness to the Dallas police ambush this week is exactly what America needs to hear today – and it’s going viral for his message of hope. Check it out.
Kellon Nixon brought his 5-year-old son to downtown Dallas Thursday because they “wanted to be a part of something. We wanted to have our voices to support [Philando] Castile and Alton Sterling.”
But what started as a peaceful rally devolved as the speakers took to the stage, screaming “F*** the police” and other things that Nixon couldn’t support, deciding it was time to leave.
Before they even made it down the block, shots rang out and officers began falling in what can only be described as a ambush that left five officers dead and seven wounded.
“I hate that this is what actually will be remembered,” Nixon said in an interview on MSNBC. “That the worst of people will give us a perception of our people.”
over the course of the interview, Nixon repeatedly serves up thoughtful and insightful responses to the events that night, including how he responded in the aftermath of the attack.
“You start to think it’s me against the world. And with that type of mentality, we’ll implode as a people,” he says. “We’ll implode not as ethnicity as a people, but as a people, period. We’re all one race at the end of the day. If we get a ‘me against the world’ mentality ― last night I was thinking, maybe it’s not black lives matter or all lives matter, maybe it’s just my life matters. Maybe it’s just my family’s life matters. I had to recover from that spiritually.”
“I had to be reminded that love conquers all,” he added. “If I let that mentality overwhelm me, then who can I help?”
Nixon then told his personal tale of redemption and how the help he needed came from two white police officers.
“At a point in my life, I sold drugs,” he explains. “And the honest truth is that the mercy that was extended to me wasn’t by other drug dealers, it wasn’t by African-American men. But it was by two Anglo-American officers that found me with drugs and they extended me mercy. And from there I was able to be a husband. I was able to be a father. I’m a pastor and a preacher now. And at the same time, when I’m in a three-piece suit, from the police I’m treated worse than when I was a thug.”
“So it proves to me that everybody’s not bad,” he continues. “That everybody wearing a badge is not bad. That every African-American is not bad. But we have to change our concepts. We have to change our ideology in this country. We’re so segregated in everything. We’re segregated in our schools still. We’re segregated in our religion. We’re segregated in churches. And it destroys us.”
Nixon worries that the tragedy will only further inflame racial tensions and relations between the police and the community they serve – even serving as fuel for people to justify their own prejudiced views.
“But I think that the best thing we can do is to value lives over the economy,” he said. “I think that’s one of our biggest problems in America is that the economy is stronger than our moral fiber. Our desire for prosperity is so much greater than our desire to be moral, to be humane, to love, to care, that we’ll risk our children, we’ll risk the sanctity of marriage or anything just for money. Just to stay on top as a nation. What we don’t understand, I think, is that when we lose our heart, when we lose our souls, we’re really the bottom, we’re really the worst of people no matter how materially rich we are.”
Watch the interview. You may not agree with his politics, but his insight is absolutely worth hearing.