Jacob Blake's mother Julia Jackson spoke out on behalf of her son Tuesday afternoon, as she asked people in Wisconsin and around the world to look inside their hearts. The heartbroken mother pleaded for healing and unity in the country and called out the violence and destruction she'd seen in the community of Kenosha.
The Inquisitr previously reported that members of the Kenosha Police Department reportedly shot Blake in the back seven times while he was in front of his three children, capturing national attention, sparking protests and unrest.
Ms. Jackson, dressed in black, stood surrounded by a crowd of people as she struggled to speak about Jacob, who she said is fighting for his life. She received support from those who stood beside her, and the grieving mother spoke with grace and courage about the situation. Jackson asked for prayers for her child and her family, as well as for the police officers and their families.
"As I was riding 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."
She asked everyone involved in the situation to do justice for Jacob and examine themselves to ensure that they are not causing further violence or committing acts of destruction.She also called for her son's physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, while adding that the country also needs the same. Jackson declared that every human of every shade must love who they are, and she celebrated the diversity that human beings enjoy. Jackson also pointed out that everyone is equal, and she credited God as the supreme being in the universe.
"We are the United States. Have we been united?" she inquired.
Jackson warned that the country is in danger of falling in its divided state.
"A house that is against each other cannot stand."
She finished her roughly five-minute statement by explaining that she prayed for the police officers as well as her black and brown sisters and brothers. She urged them to use their intelligence along with their hearts to work together and show everybody else how humans should treat each other. Jackson concluded that America is great when its people behave greatly, which is what she wants to see come out of the tragedy involving Jacob.