While Jacob Blake was fighting for his life in the intensive care unit, his family decided to turn the other cheek and give a historic lesson in morality and civility to the media.
The Blake family was responding to the violent attack on the Black man, father of two, who was shot seven times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin last Tuesday afternoon, as he tried to break up a domestic dispute.
While the officers remain unprosecuted, and while the streets of Kenosha burn with violence, Blake’s parents and sister gave statements that demonstrate the spirit and urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On the importance of civility
As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. It doesn’t reflect my son or my family. If Jacob knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased – Julia Jackson, mother.
God has placed each and every one of us in this country because he wanted us to be here. Clearly, you can see by now that I have beautiful brown skin, but take a look at your hand and whatever shade it is, it is beautiful as well.
Everybody, let’s use our hearts, our love, and our intelligence to work together, to show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other.
On the importance of human life
When you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say father, make sure you say cousin, make sure you say son, make sure you say uncle. But most importantly, make sure you say human. Human life. Let it marinate in your mouth and your minds. A human life. – Latitra Wideman, sister.
This is nothing new. I’m not sad. I’m not sorry. I’m angry. And I’m tired. I haven’t cried one time. I stopped crying years ago. I am numb. I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years. I’m not sad. I don’t want your pity. I want change.