One More

Thoughts from another Larry, my friend in Texas

just drive, will you?

Jacob Blake. A Black man.

Shot eight times by police.

At close range.

In the back.

In full view of three horrified children.

Incredibly, he’s still alive, though paralyzed from the waist down, perhaps permanently.

And the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, are filled with the now familiar sights and sounds of anger and frustration, manifested in protests, rioting and destruction of property.

I don’t, by any means, condone the violence that has occurred since Blake’s shooting.

But I can’t condemn it, either.

Because there’s no way I could say I would react any differently if I was a Black man in America.

Jacob Blake is yet another name to add to the ever-growing roster of Blacks being shot, and usually killed, by the police. Add the strangulation of George Floyd to the list, and it’s hard not to understand why the outcry for justice is so passionate as to spill…

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4 Replies to “One More”

      1. From what I’m reading, Jacob Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was handcuffed to his hospital bed for four days as he fought for his life. The Washington Post also picked it up, so … I’m guessing it’s true. Like you, I am livid! The man is paralyzed and nearly died! And what the heck are they arresting him for, anyway??? They couldn’t be bothered to arrest the shooter, even though he stood right in front of the cops and they KNEW he was the shooter! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. 🤬

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