Please listen to the words of a grieving American black mother, Julia Jackson – mother of Jacob Blake (who, on August 24, 2020, was shot 7 times in the back, point blank, by a police officer holding him by his shirt, as he was trying to step into his car where his 3 young kids were waiting for him).
In her grief, and despite a long history of excessive violence against people of color in the United States, she looks to the world with love…….She speaks to our hearts and to our humanity. Let us all do as she asks and “examine our hearts”.
“My son has been fighting for his life, and, um, we really just need prayers. As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. 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 heart. 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, and 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 each other cannot stand. To all of the police officers, I’m praying for you and your families. To all of the citizen, my black and brown sisters and brothers, I’m praying for you. I believe that you are an intelligent being, 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 suppose to treat each other. America IS great when we behave greatly. Thank you.”