On My Soapbox: Take the next step

This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.

Coronavirus is a problem and people hate wearing masks, an unarmed black man was shot, a white shooter went home after he killed someone, and protests are starting again.

I am not talking about earlier this year. I’m talking about earlier this week. Yes, we are in the same position that we were in a few months ago.

For those who don’t know, in Wisconsin, Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot seven times in his back by police. Blake was unarmed and not resisting arrest. He is now paralyzed from the waist down and, according to reports, handcuffed to his hospital bed. His three young children were in the car. Thank God none of them were hurt.

A few days later, Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people, leaving two dead during a protest in Wisconsin. Rittenhouse walked towards police with his gun strapped to him and his hands up. However, he was able to walk back to his car and drive back to his home in Illinois.

Just let these situations sink in for a second.

When people say, “Black Lives Matter,” this is why. It’s not to say black lives are more important. It’s to say give every life, regardless of the race, the same treatment. These two examples show that doesn’t always happen.

Some people believe Rittenhouse shot people out of self-defense. But, he was armed and walked passed officers while people were saying, “he just killed somebody.” Police never even approached him except to tell him to get out of the street.

Blake was walking to his car with no weapon and was posing no threat. He took seven bullets and is paralyzed.

A knife was found in Blake’s car. He never threatened to use the weapon or ever attacked officers. But he was shot.

There is clearly a problem in this country. It’s not just the social injustices, it’s taking the next step to stop social injustice. Peaceful protests are fine as long as the message doesn’t get lost in the hype. But what is actually being done to prevent these situations?

The NBA boycotted and postponed games. Cool, but what the Milwaukee Bucks team did was take action. Instead of playing, the team spent more than three hours on a conference call with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes.

That’s taking the first step.

Other professional sports boycotted also, and now they have to take action. Fund more training, help with education for citizens and officers, but do something that can help stop social injustice.

I could go on forever about this, but I’ll stop here. We all have a power and Nov. 3 is the time to use it. Vote for the people on the ballot you think will take action to help our city, county and country.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and try to get some sleep. If you’re reading this, I still might not be home from the first football game. We are holding the paper for Friday night scores. Not because we have to, but because we love our readers and supporters.

“We’re still having the social injustice thing going on in the world. Until the world get their s*** together, I guess we’re not going to get our stuff together.”

- George Hill, Milwaukee Bucks guard

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