The shooting of Jacob Blake matters here in Houston because his story is personal.
Anytime I see the loss of Black life at the hands of law enforcement, I think, this could’ve been my dad, my brother or my uncle.
It’s hard to wrap my mind around the senseless violence and blatant hypocrisy Black people endure from law enforcement. Blake, a unarmed Black man, was shot multiple times in the back by police when walking to his car.
Yet after the news broke and protests ensued in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a white armed militia member who shot and killed multiple people with an automatic weapon walked away unscathed, with a water bottle and praise from police officers.
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Clearly, police officers know how to detain armed criminals without killing them, and yet unarmed Black men and women have continuously died at the hands of police.
It seems as if the senseless murder of George Floyd created a domino effect across the country — Americans are opening their eyes to the systemic racism that exists in this country. But so many Black men and women have died at the hands of police since May, and honestly, it’s tiring.
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If there’s anything that history has shown us, it’s that violence from police has persisted against Black people, and other people of color. There are countless videos of police on camera harming African Americans.
What officers fail to realize is, that whether innocent or guilty, it’s not their job to make the decision about who lives or dies. In Blake’s case, while the situation is extremely traumatizing and Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down, I’m happy to know he’s alive and will be able to share his story.
We don’t need any more stories of Black people dying at the hands of law enforcement before we genuinely start taking a look at the role police officers play in a system that willfully murders people of color.
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