On Tuesday it was announced by the Kenosha County district attorney that no charges would be filed against Officer Rusten Sheskey who shot Jacob Blake seven times last August.
This police shooting left Blake paralyzed and Officer Sheskey was only placed on administrative leave after the incident took place. This news is truly upsetting and I can’t even imagine how Blake or any of his relatives feel after this great injustice was swept under the rug. There’s absolutely no reason that anyone should be able to get away with something this horrible when the life of someone is ruined forever.
When asked about the situation, Breyonna Smith, a freshman at Columbia College Chicago, was not shocked by the outcome. “Not surprised at all, for the simple fact that they all collectively work on the same team: the team of White supremacy.”
Seeing Black people not getting the justice they deserve is nothing new and it’s no longer shocking. It’s just frustrating and infuriating. It’s obvious how big of a role color plays when it comes to the treatment of people. Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed someone during protests for justice for Jacob Blake and he was released from jail on bail. Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes and was charged but was later released on bail. Groups of people (you know what people) raided the Capitol building but suddenly there were no guns, tear gas, or batons, to control the crowd, but when Black people were protesting for their lives, they were beaten, and shot at. We’re shown more and more each day that the lives of Black people don’t matter in this country.
“Our justice system is very corrupt,” said Zachary Carter, a junior at Lindblom Math & Science Academy. “We have to continue to stay strong as a community.”
Carter is right, our justice system is corrupt. To say I’m upset about the entire Blake situation is an understatement. I’m not just upset about this, I’m angry. I’m angry at the overall treatment that Black people receive simply for being Black. Every time it seems like we’re making slight progress and moving in the right direction we’re set back a thousand steps. Maybe one day we’ll actually see the progress that we’ve been fighting for literally for centuries. Hopefully that day comes soon.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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