What the hell is happening in America ? It’s not #BlackLivesMatter; it’s #NoLivesMatter!

Louisiana, Minnesota, Baltimore, Missouri, and now Dallas and Michigan. How many more killings and murders must take place in the limelight of public social media before America comes to its senses ? We are drowning in an ocean of useless and meaningless words in attempting to comprehend why this is happening with such ongoing regularity and viciousness, and trying to figure out when will it all stop, if ever.

The lives of black American citizens are shown to be irrelevant and cheap when confronting the law and order system showing there is very little law or order for this community. But the killing of the Dallas police officers by a returning, highly-trained and decorated American serviceman from Afghanistan who claimed he was just responding to the killing of his own people by police, should frighten us no less, and allows a particular American daily newspaper to claim that America is in the midst of a civil war.

It used to be the claim by many leaders that America was a melting pot for all groups, ethnicities and religions. This is no longer true, for as America across its geographical landmass has shown in so many of its states, we have morphed from that cultural melting pot into a dysfunctional shooters gallery where blacks and whites have become the intended victims.

And the pity and tragedy of it all is that the blacks who have become the victims of the police shootings were involved in the most picayune, stupid and hardly threatening behavior to be faced by the law and order system. The most recent being a faulty brake light on the back of a car. Only in America can something as puny and ridiculous as this end up as a cop-versus-black confrontation with horrible consequences.

And America has no answer to all of these tragedies. We hear the true and tried political responses about more gun-control, approbations of disgust and horror, the same pictures of groups hugging each other, protests, lighting candles, and just hoping the next day will be different.. But it wont, and matters only get worse.

And when the issue is not cops-versus-blacks, it’s the serial killers breaking into schools, theatres, shopping malls, anywhere and everywhere, and mowing down innocents before taking their own lives. We have become a nation in which No Lives Matter in favor of a grudge, hatred or dysfunctional psyche in which one believes that the only response to anger is to shoot down people.

The response to these acts of mayhem and racism is to respond with equal racism. Black Lives Matter may have grown out of a real concern that blacks are being targeted by police disproportionate to any other group, but it is no less a racist statement, because at its core, its message is only black lives count. What about the lives of other ethnic groups, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, and gays ? If you are an American who believes in the values of America (assuming there are any left after these tragedies) then every life really does count. And if you believe in the Bible, then the commandment of You Shall Not Murder applies to every individual irrespective of creed, race, or skin color.

America is drowning in an ocean of blood, and there is no one, absolutely no one out there in the public arena, who has the integrity, respect and political courage to lead this divided country into a need for healing, trust and belief. There is nothing more to believe in, and nothing to be hopeful about.

And the shame of it all is that as the potential contenders for the presidency continue to ride the coattails of an America that is great, the shootings and killings of the past week particularly, and of the past years generally, only reflect a reality of a nation at war with itself, and of a country that has given up on its greatness to take care of its own societal cracks in the most horrific of ways, which is rendering the heart of the country apart and which is spinning out of control.

Is there anyone out there who can save America from itself ?

About the Author
Rabbi Chaim Landau is Emeritus Rabbi and President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. He served the Bnai Jacob Congregation and later Ner Tamid Congregation in Baltimore. He was born in the UK, graduated Jews College with Bachelors Degree in Jewish Studies, has Smichah from Israel.