Julia Blake, the mother of Jacob Blake who was shot by police in Kenosha Sunday night, expressed how “disgusted” she is at the people who hijacked her son’s shooting for their own gain.
“To use my child or any other mother or father’s child, our tragedy, to react in that manner is just not acceptable. And it’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men or women who have suffered in these areas,” she added.
Jacob Blake’s mom on violence in Kenosha: "My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted. And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it. … it’s just not acceptable.” pic.twitter.com/T00Fg5MOvj
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 26, 2020
Destructive, violent, and fatal riots erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin after police shot Jacob Blake, a black man, seven times in the back, leaving him partially paralyzed. According to the family’s attorney, three of Blake’s children saw the shooting occur from a nearby vehicle.
“My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted. And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it,” Julia Blake urged.
According to Blake’s mother, rioting is not justified, especially without knowing the full story of situations like the one with her son.
“We should always get the details from the right source before we start throwing bricks,” she warned.
Julia Blake also apologized for comments made by a family member about President Trump and expressed regret that she missed his phone call because “maybe the comments that you made would have been different.”
She clarified, however, that she is not mad at the president and respects his leadership.
The victim’s mother previously spoke against the violence and destruction at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse, encouraging people to stop the hate.
“I noticed a lot of damage. That does not reflect my son or my family,” she said
She also told reporters that she had been “praying, even before this, for the healing of our country.”
“I also have been praying, even before this, for healing of our country,” she continued.
“Take a look at your hand whatever shade it is, it is beautiful as well. How dare we hate what we are. We are human.” pic.twitter.com/EYVs1qaVp8
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) August 25, 2020