LeBron James articulated the fears of an entire community last night and sadly the trauma that coincides with it.
When Police in Kenosha, Wis., repeatedly shot Jacob Blake in the back at close range on Sunday, an entire race once again had to endure the trauma of seeing an individual have his life nearly taken by people who are supposed to “serve and protect.”
Blake is now paralyzed from the gunshot wounds, yet thankfully he is still alive. For Black Americans like James, seeing the video footage of Blake nearly losing his life is a frightening reality that is far too common for darker-skinned people in America.
“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,” James said during his postgame interview after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Playoffs on Monday. “Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified.”
“If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him or just before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here and lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every Black person in the community,” James stated. “Because we see it over and over and over.”
Many have argued over the past few days that if Blake had simply followed directions from the officer that day he’d still be able to walk. It’s a claim that we still don’t know entirely to be true because of the lack of evidence presented. However, even if Blake were being disobedient, should the price of disobedience towards law enforcement be your livelihood?
Should walking away from an officer result in multiple bullets in your back?
Do your kids who were in the car with you that day deserve to witness a lifelong traumatic event because an officer couldn’t do his job effectively?
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