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Jacob Blake’s Sister Tells The Nation She Doesn’t Want Pity, She Wants Change

Jacob Blake’s Sister Tells The Nation She Doesn’t Want Pity, She Wants Change

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On Tuesday afternoon, two days after police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his family gathered for a press conference to give an update about Blake’s medical status and ask for prayers for his health.

Blake’s mother Julia Jackson addressed the crowd, saying, “My son has been fighting for his life, and we really just need prayers.” She said she has seen some of the damage and violence caused by recent protests and that it does not reflect her son or her family. “Citizens, police officers, firemen, clergy, politicians, do Jacob justice on this level, and examine your hearts,” she said. “We need healing.”

She continued, “As I pray for my son’s healing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, I also have been praying, even before this, for the healing of our country.”

Letetra Widman, Blake’s sister, also spoke at the conference and asked people to remember all of who her brother is: a father, a cousin, a son, an uncle, but most importantly, a human.

She said:

I am my brother’s keeper. And when you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure
you say father. Make sure you say cousin. Make sure you say son. Make sure
you say uncle. But most importantly, make sure you say human. Human life.
Let it marinate in your mouth, in your mind. And human life, just like every
single one of y’all…we’re human. And his life matters. So many people have
reached out to me telling me they’re sorry this happened to my family. Well,
don't be sorry, ‘cause this has been happening to my family for a long time.
Longer than I can account for. It happened to Emmett Till. Emmett Till is my
family. Philando [Castile]. Mike Brown. Sandra [Bland]. This has been
happening to my family, and I’ve shed tears for every single one of these people
that it’s happened to. This is nothing new. I'm not sad. I'm not sorry. I'm angry,
and I'm tired. I haven’t cried one time. I stopped crying years ago. I am numb. I
have been watching police murder people that look like me for years. I’m also a
Black history minor. So not only have I been watching it in the 30 years that
I’ve been on this planet, but I’ve been watching it for years before we were
even alive. I’m not sad. I don't want your pity. I want change.

Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., was also present, along with his sisters Megan Belcher and Zietha Blake. In a tearful speech, Belcher told the crowd, “I’m not crying because I’m sad. I’m crying because I know how upset he is that his family’s upset right now…You all took him from his family. You all stood by and let it happen.”

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Blake Sr. previously told the Chicago Sun-Times that his son is paralyzed from the waist down. Though Blake was in surgery during the press conference, attorney Patrick Salvi elaborated on his injuries, explaining that at least one bullet went through “some or all” of his spinal cord, and there were bullet holes in his stomach, as well as damage to his kidney and liver. “He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed,” Salvi explained. He told the press conference that the family will be filing a civil lawsuit against the police department.

You can give to Jacob Blake’s family through their GoFundMe, and demand justice in his name by contacting local Wisconsin officials. You can also support local protestors by donating to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund.


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