The first black Miss Alabama, Kalyn Chapman James has stoked controversy after posting a video on Facebook calling the man who killed Police officers in Dallas a “martyr.”
“I don’t feel sad for the officers who lost their lives and I know that’s not really my heart. I value human life. And I want to feel sad for them but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr. I don’t want to feel this way,”
“And I know it’s not the right way to feel because nobody deserves to lose their lives and I know that those police officers had families and people who loved them and that they didn’t deserve to die but I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these men – these black men – being gunned down in our community that I can’t help, I can’t help but feel like I wasn’t surprised by what the shooter did to those cops and I think a lot of us feel the same way.”
“But I’m sick of this,” she said. “I can’t stop replaying the image of these men being killed in my mind and my heart weeps.”
“She said that she watched my video and she wasn’t mad, she understood what I was saying and that she forgave me,” the pageant champ said.
“People telling me to watch my back, people telling me to be careful, people telling me the police should never protect me,” she said.