"I don't want your pity. I want change."

By Kimberly Truong
Aug 26, 2020 @ 12:45 pm
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Days after Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police in Wisconsin, his sister, Letetra Widman, gave a powerful speech demanding change.

On Tuesday afternoon, Blake's loved ones spoke out to share statements with the public in Kenosha, Wisconsin after the 29-year-old was shot in the back multiple times by police as he was reportedly unarmed and attempting to settle a verbal altercation between two women before the officers arrived.

"So many people have reached out to me saying they’re sorry that this has been happening to my family," Widman said during her speech. "Well. don’t be sorry because 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. I shed tears for every single one of these people that it’s happened to.”

Widman, who noted that she minored in Black history, pointed out that police violence against Black people is unfortunately nothing new — and that it's time for a change.

"I'm not sad. I'm not sorry. I'm angry and I'm tired," Widman said. "I have not cried one time. I stopped crying years ago. I'm numb. I have been watching police murder people who look like me for years," she said. "I don't want your pity, I want change."

Blake, 29, was shot several times by police on Sunday. While he is expected to survive, his family's attorney said he is now paralyzed, and that it would "take a miracle" for him to walk again. An official GoFundMe organized on Blake's behalf has, at the time of writing, raised nearly $1.5 million of its $2 million goal.