Daily US Times: Former US First Lady Michelle Obama said she was “devastated” by the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week and is “exhausted and frustrated” at the trauma of Black and brown people in the United States.
Ms. Obama condemned the shooting of Jacob Blake in a lengthy statement released on Friday. Mr Blake is a Wisconsin man shot seven times in the back by police in front of his children. She also condemned the shooting of three protesters by an alleged 17-year-old rightwing militant in the protests.
She wrote: “I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha. Like so many of you, I’m exhausted and frustrated right now.”
“It’s a weight that I know Black and Brown people all across the country are shouldering once again. And we’re so often left wondering how things will get better,” her statement adds.
She also criticizes Trump administration as well, condemning the “lack of empathy, division stoked in times of crisis and age-old and systemic racism” that is seen across the country, on the news, and “from the White House Rose Garden”.
She heralded the protests against racial inequality and police violence that have taken place across the US in recent months, and encouraged Americans to vote to propel reform.
These protests and actions will not make Jacob Blake walk again and they will not erase the trauma from those children, she said, adding that “they will not bring back anyone who’s been taken from us. But they will do something. They already are – opening eyes, rattling consciences and reminding people of all backgrounds that this problem wasn’t solved earlier this summer and it won’t be any time soon unless we all make a change.”
Michelle Obama’s statement came as tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC on Friday for the Get Your Knee Off Our Necks March. Gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, demonstrators – many of them wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts – demanded racial equality and an end to police brutality in the US.
Friday also marks the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where celebrated leader Martin Luther King Jr gave his I Have a Dream speech urging racial equality.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul has named the officer who shot Mr Blake which sparked days of demonstrations.
Mr Kaul told reporters that Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he opened the door of his car.