Under the battlecry of avenging Eric Garner's death, Ismaaiyl Brinsley gunned down two New York Police officers, who later died. Then he committed suicide. Here is the coverage.
Our society has to come to a consensus that "getting even" simply expands the alleged initial wrong.
In the 1950s, I grew up in the mean streets of Jersey City, New Jersey. There maintaining the spirit of a feud was a sacred family duty. When the "enemy" was walking on the sidewalk, we would get off the sidewalk, walking in the street until we cleared that shadow on our honor.
Along the way in life I learned that my family might not have been accurate in how it assessed that a wrong had been done. But, more importantly, holding together the field force of a feud kept everyone stuck.
Can America become unstuck from the seeming injustices associated with Garner and Michael Brown? That would be an amazing gift it could give itself this holiday season. Meanwhile the loved ones of those two officers will have a difficult holdiday season.