When it comes to our children, we are taught that we should model the behavior that we want them to emulate.
If that is the case, then I wonder what the children of the Jacob Blake have learned. On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Blake, an unarmed African-American man, was shot by police. They shot him in front of his three children as they sat in the family car. The children are all under the age of ten.
As of yesterday, Mr. Blake was still in intensive care.
I have to wonder what message this sends not only to his children, but to everyone’s children? That people of color, especially African-American men and women, are automatically suspicious because of their skin color?
This summer has been one of upheaval, to say the least. Between the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, protests have been happening non stop. The message should be loud and clear. Law enforcement does not have the carte blanche right to arrest and kill simply because the assumed perpetrator has dark skin.
My prayer is two fold. The first half is that Mr. Blake wakes up and returns home as physically and emotionally whole as possible. The second half is that his children are do not grow up with the emotional scars that come with what they witnessed.
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I am so disgusted by what these so called “police officers” did I have no words. I saw the video. It is beyond sick what they did. They shot him in the back!!! That poor man…. What is wrong with this country? Once we were on a path toward understanding and and acceptance. Years ago Americans were kinder. I know police brutality has always existed but what is happening now is beyond reprehensible. I teach fifth grade and it has been difficult to explain the hatred to children. I try to tell them that most people are essentially good, that they have the power to effect change, that peace lies with them. I can only hope that their generation will see it come to be.