There has been an onslaught of tragic shootings in the news related to the police targeting African Americans. Every time I see a video or a posting, I can’t help but wonder how we’ve went from great progress in our equality to such overtly regressed, racial, antiquated ways of thinking and approaching people. Naturally, because of the magnitude of these atrocities, it seems everyone has an opinion about the issue, and the slogan, “Black Lives Matter” is gaining controversy. I have two schools of thought on this idea. But as I was thinking about this issue, something came to me. I realized that I shouldn’t be the least bit surprised about how people are treating each other when we have political figureheads promoting violence and the absence of fundamental values.