Jacob Blake’s Mother and Martin Luther King
Aug. 30, 2020 (EIRNS)—Jacob Blake, Sr. spoke in militant tones at Al Sharpton’s March on Washington on Aug. 28, commemorating Martin Luther King’s March on Washington on that date in 1963; Blake’s 29-year-old son, a father of young children, was shot by Kenosha, Wisconsin police and remains paralyzed at the waist. However, his mother, Julia Jackson, spoke at the family press conference on Aug. 25 in Kenosha in terms far more in keeping with those of Martin Luther King:
“As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage,” she said.
“It doesn’t reflect my son or my family. If Jacob knew what was going on as far as that goes—the violence and the destruction—he would be very unpleased. So I’m really asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your hearts. Citizens, police officers, firemen, clergy, politicians: Do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts.
“We need healing. 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. God has placed each and every one of us in this country because he wanted us to be here. Clearly you can see by now that I have beautiful brown skin. But take a look at your hand. Whatever shade it is, it is beautiful as well. How dare we hate what we are. We are humans. God did not make one type of tree or flower or fish or horse or grass or rock. How dare you ask him to make one type of human that looks just like you?
“I’m not talking to just Caucasian people. I am talking to everyone: white, Black, Japanese, Chinese, red, brown. No one is superior to the other. The only supreme being is God himself.
“Please, let’s begin to pray for healing for our nation. We are the United States. Have we been united? Do you understand what’s going to happen when we fall? Because a house that is against itself cannot stand.
“To all of the police officers: I’m praying for you and your families. To all of the citizens, my black and brown sisters and brothers: I’m praying for you. I believe that you are intelligent beings just like the rest of us. Everybody: Let’s use our hearts, our love, and our intelligence to work together, to show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other. America is great when we behave greatly.