George Floyd. Trayvon Martin. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Philando Castile. The list goes on. Fortunately, Jacob Blake wasn’t another addition to that list. However, after being shot seven times he is now currently paralyzed from the waist down. 

I try to remain objective and view the story from multiple perspectives, but the video still made me sick to my stomach. Two trained officers with their gear on walking right behind Blake to his car. One officer held the back of Blake’s shirt and shot him in the back.  

What bothers me the most is this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time – as much as I hate to say that.  

More protests have broken out across Wisconsin. The tension is still high after Floyd’s death late May.  

In my opinion, I saw a spark of hope during the early weeks of summer. I saw a country unified through pain and anger to be proactive and vocal in the middle of a global pandemic.  

The Black Lives Matter movement was not just a fun summer trend. Black Lives mattered then, they matter now and they will always matter in the years to come.  

I urge you to please register to vote for the 2020 Primary Election, please still continue signing petitions and please continue to educate yourself on social topics. If you are religious, pray for the country and pray for the families suffering from their loss.  

Please continue to speak up and stand up for what is right and educate other people – not argue – on these topics. Gain an understanding of their perspective, listen openly and communicate.  

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