Julia Jackson, mother of Jacob Blake, speaks on August 25, 2020. CREDIT: Screenshot, Fox News video
Julia Jackson, mother of Jacob Blake, the Kenosha man shot Sunday by police after an altercation, spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. In her remarks, she addressed the rioters who’ve brought violence and destruction to Kenosha allegedly as a way to seek justice for her son, asking them to examine their hearts.
In total her comments were incredibly touching, their meaning emphasized by the humble, quiet manner in which they were delivered. She said (emphasis added):
We really just need prayers. As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. That 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 right 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 gonna 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 citizens, 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 supposed to treat each other. America is great when we behave greatly. Thank you.
It’s clear that the people behind the Black Lives Matter movement do not want a united, United States. It’s necessary and right to fight against that divisive evil. But, Jackson’s words serve as a reminder to all of us to keep our heart in the right place as we fight the battle for the soul of our nation.