In light of recent events in Dallas, I'd like to share something that most of you don't know.
1:30 a.m. on March 18, 2003 my father (James Bannister) was killed by Dallas and Irving P.D. via multiple gunshot wounds. I was angry for a very long time and would even go as far as saying that I hated the police. Eventually, I took a step back and realized that "Maybe he really did bring this upon himself". It wasn't easy to admit, by any means. But, the truth is sometimes a rather large pill to swallow.
This being said, I support our Dallas Police Department whole heartedly. They are forced to make excruciatingly difficult decisions without hesitation on a daily basis. We will never be able to fully grasp as civilians.
I relate to this topic more so than a lot of the people protesting. I've been there, lived it and made it out a stronger person because I was able to let go of the hate.
We have to band together as one and stop the hate before it's too late. We are all Americans chasing a dream. Let's help each other instead of tearing others down. A racially blind nation would be a beautifully powerful force.
This isn't exactly the kind of information I throw around and it's definitely not my favorite dinner conversation . But, if it made you think or opened your mind at all, it was totally worth it.
Justin Bannister drummer of transRelic