I don’t know how many times we can express our frustration and remain humble at the same time. It’s not even been two complete months since my Black bodies article and again we are dealing with another severe form of police brutality. Fortunately, Jacob Blake did not lose his life, but now because of the 7 gunshots to his back, Jacob is paralyzed from the waist down.
No one knows the complete story that led to the shooting but bystanders had stated that Jacob was trying to dissolve a domestic fight that was going on amongst women. What did this lead to? Jacob getting in an altercation with police instead while Jacob attempts to avoid the scene and get back into his car as his three children watched and finally get shot 7 times in the back before collapsing and losing consciousness.
Like the George Floyd murder, protests immediately emerged all over. The NBA and WNBA went on strike. Enough was enough. One protesting night not even two days later, a young White 17-year old, Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois marches out with an assault rifle shooting peaceful protesters. As a result, two died and one has their arm blown off. On video footage and from testimonies from witnesses, they said Kyle was fed water by the police, was being thanked by the police shortly before the shooting, and after his multiple shootings and bystanders screaming out to police that Kyle was the shooter, Kyle proceeds to walk down the streets and wave at police cars and army tanks from enforcement who came into the state of Wisconsin to curb the crowd.
What has this world come to? Even recently this past week, it was told on the news that there was a time that Jacob was actually handcuffed to the bed while he was actually fighting for his life when he first arrived to the hospital. We continue to live in a world where systemic racism and stereotyping is at an ALL-TIME HIGH.