Jacob Blake’s sister: ‘I want change!’

Letetra Widman
Video Still / The Guardian

Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back by Kenosha police. His sister, Letetra Widman, spoke to the media in Kenosha on August 25:

“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 minds. A human life. Just like every single one of y’all and everywhere around, so we’re human. And his life matters. So many people have reached out to me telling me they’re sorry that 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 has 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 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!”

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