In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Jacob Blake, Sr., the father of the man shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisc., was asked this:
… [T]he Kenosha Professional Police Association … said that Jacob was armed with a knife, didn’t comply, fought with police, and put an officer in a headlock. I know you aren’t able to say much about this, but were you aware of this? Is that accurate?
Blake’s response — “Some people say Brussels sprouts taste good” — had some people scratching their heads, and that includes Cooper.
Brussels sprouts. Jacob Blake’s father gives a mind boggling response to Anderson Cooper. pic.twitter.com/HLywz1Wukl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 29, 2020
The elder Blake was much clearer on Friday when he spoke at the conclusion of the March on Washington:
There are two systems of justice in the United States. There’s a white system and there’s a black system. The black system ain’t doin’ so well. But we’re gonna stand up. Every black person in the United States is gonna stand up.
The same sentiments have been echoed by the media and the Democratic Party on a near-daily basis ever since the death of George Floyd.
But nothing about the Blake case to date suggests police behaved in a racist manner. In fact, much of the evidence (yes, “evidence”) that Anderson Cooper cites is right there on the video of Blake, Jr.’s confrontation with police. The video clearly shows him brazenly walk around his car to the driver’s side even as police have their service weapons trained on him and repeatedly order him to “freeze.” Has Blake, Sr., not seen the video? (RELATED: Blacks lives matter? Show it by cooperating with police when your life is on the line)
Is he also unaware that his son was charged on July 6 with felony third-degree sexual assault, misdemeanor trespassing, and disorderly conduct connected to domestic abuse? Or that his son’s presence in his former girlfriend’s home last Sunday was a violation of a restraining order against him? Or that he has an outstanding warrant for sexual abuse?
These facts constitute the truth of the matter. But Cooper’s network, like Blake, Sr., subscribe to a different “truth”:
Hours after Jacob Blake was shot Sunday, he looked at his mother in a Milwaukee hospital room, cried and told her he was sorry.
“I don’t want to be a burden on anybody. I want my babies. Call my boss,” Julia Jackson recalls her son telling her. She comforted him and had to redirect the conversation, Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday night.
That’s just the kind of man Blake’s family says he is.
Maybe that is one side of Jacob Blake. But unless we are all willing to deal with Blake’s other, less flattering side we are doomed.