My Thoughts On The Jacob Blake Shooting
It happened again, I went to a news website, and the headline was a quote from LeBron James saying "black people in the United States of America are scared".
The story was about Jacob Blake from Wisconsin, who was shot in the back seven times by police officers.
Didn't we just go through this a couple of months ago with George Floyd?
Of course, I go to read the comments on every news site because that's where all the entertainment is, and that is where people express themselves and how they feel about specific issues.
Here's a quote from a man that caught my eye.
"They shouldn't be. If they don't act like Jacob Blake and break the law and then resist arrest and then reach into a car for who knows what."
Let me put this into context, Jacob Blake was an unarmed citizen who while not under arrest, was shot in the back several times by a police officer in front of his wife and children in broad daylight.
Here's another comment:
"He had a warrant out for his arrest. Facts over emotions."
The last time I checked, the death penalty was handled in the courts at the sentencing phase, not in the streets of America. Furthermore, had that person's child been the one that was shot seven times in the back, they would be screaming from the rooftops "they violated his rights they didn't even put him under arrest!"
LeBron James is saying out loud what most Black Americans think because these statements right here are reflected in the citizens and opinions of a lot of Americans; some of these people may have badges.
I bet someone is reading this right now saying, "Well, Kwame, the police are killing white people, too." Yes you are correct these things are happening.
Still, if these practices seem to be more emboldened, what will happen if it becomes a standard procedure in the suburbs of Saco? If it was indiscriminate who was getting shot in the back by a peacekeeper who may or may not have ill intentions or may or may not fear the suspect, where will our society be?
Because after all if it's good for one group, it's suitable for all of us isn't it?
I know somebody is going to write in the comments and ask "when did this station become political?"
I'll respond in advance and say this isn't politics to me nor is this the official position of the station; this is the life I live.
I, unfortunately, cannot escape this reality. If you're someone who is not a fan of what my culture and lifestyle represent, or you may not like people who look like me, fine. You have the right not to like me, but at the end of the day, I'm still a human being, and it would be greatly appreciated if anyone that you would not use those things about me that you don't like to justify any harm that may come my way.