On June 2nd Ashton Blaine took to social media like many of us have over the last several days to support 'Black Lives Matter' and to condemn racism. We've all seen thousands of social posts at this point I'm sure but her's is different. Ashton is the daughter of (according to the pictures she posted) a current or former Oklahoma City Police Officer.
"I went back and forth on whether I wanted to post this or not for quite awhile. However, I think it's important to speak on... so here goes. I'm a cop's daughter, and I've seen my father's work firsthand. I've gone on countless ride alongs, been to award ceremonies for him, and hell, I've even watched him help people that even I wouldn't help. He does his part. Do I go to sleep scared that this may be the night we get the phone call that he's not coming home? Yes. Often. Do I fear for his life? Every. Single. Day.
But here's the thing- he chooses every day to do this job. He wakes up and puts his vest & badge on. In tense situations like the current state of America, he is armed with weapons, a vest, a helmet, and hell even riot gear if needed. And guess what? He gets to come home every night and take it all off. He can walk outside in his neighborhood, and nobody has to know he's a cop. When the hate becomes to much- they can turn their badge in. They can walk away. That being a choice for them is a PRIVILEGE.
Now, all you Blue-backers- imagine that feeling of fear you feel for you cop brother/sister/father/mother/son/husband/child going to work, but amplified by x10000.
Black mothers/fathers/husbands/wives/children have to live in that same fear (x10000) every single minute of their lives. Can they change the color of their skin? No. They don't get to come home and change their skin tone when being hated becomes too much, or too hard. (and they shouldn't have to want to.) This is not a choice for them. They are feared just for existing. You will never, ever know that feeling.
So, while I go to sleep scared for my father's life, I rest assured knowing that this is what he chooses to do, and wants to do. I truly believe if he died in the line of duty, he would go honorably, and proudly.
Black Lives Matter. This is not a race war- this is a right vs wrong war."
The comments are filled with tons of supprt for not only Ashton but her parents as well:
Mo Cannon: Your dad is the real MVP for helping to raise a strong minded and educated lady. Thank him for me and thank you for your beautiful post.
Felicia Callahan: I appreciate this post and the acknowledgement. I applaud you and your parents. They clearly raised you right. And thanks to your father for his profession and being one of the good ones.
Monica Kiese-Superville: THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts. Clearly a great Dad who raised a great daughter with empathy and a conscience. We still need you to help bring about change by bringing this awareness of the oppression of African americans and your Dad to train these racist white cops. May you and your family he safe...
Alice Keppinger: Your father did a great job raising you thank him for me