Antwainnetta Edwards is a new mom. Just weeks ago she had a baby girl and worked hard preparing herself to raise a child during a coronavirus pandemic and the related economic crisis.
Now, as she stood on the porch of her home in Kenosha, rocking her newborn back and forth, she reflected on the last four days and nights that have shaken the small Wisconsin city…
Strange we don’t hear from the father, isn’t it? I assume there is one?
“It’s scary. I just had a baby,” Edwards told the Guardian on Wednesday, indicating the little girl in her arms.
“It’s a lot to deal with. First, our house could’ve been burned down and now we have to travel all the way to the next county just for food, while police and outsiders armored up to try controlling the streets.”
As a result of the unrest, every business in her largely Black and brown uptown neighborhood is either closed or destroyed.
That’s the usual result of these types of ‘protests’ in these areas. Why should it come as a surprise?
Residents were left to wonder why the president would offer law enforcement but not funding assistance.
Because without law enforcement to ensure the rioters are halted, he might as well throw dollar bills into the burning remnants of those businesses, perhaps?
Good grief, it’s not rocket science!
“No one really cares about this community here. Don’t let them fool you,” said local rapper Vincent Runnels.
“It wasn’t protected like downtown because Black people live in this area. You see a lot of white folks out here in the community helping board up buildings and clean up now, but that’s just to save face.”
You ungrateful little bastard! Perhaps if this wretched ‘community’ didn’t react to a perfectly justified police shooting by burning down their area’s shops and houses, you wouldn’t need protection…
The circumstances leading up to Blake’s shooting by the police are still unclear, with reports that he had tried to break up an altercation between two other people, and also reports on Thursday that he had a knife in his car.
He was – like pretty much all of the police-involved shooting that have sparked chimpouts in the last few years – a convicted felon. No loss. Certainly someone your community has enough of already.
And who called the police? Would it be members of ‘the community’?
Back on her porch, Edwards said: “It’s time for the people in power to put human lives and the needs of the community first.”
She added: “We’ve all had enough. Now we all just need to come together, help each other in whatever ways are needed and make sure our government actually supports us.”
It’s not the job of the government to support you, but to ensure that you have the opportunities to support yourself, which it undoubtedly has done.
If you’ve chosen to squander them, well, whose fault is that?