It’s past time.
If you are white I want you to stop and look in the mirror and say the words.
Take your time, make eye contact, think about the words as you say them.
It starts like this:
My brother, Jacob...
The police shot my brother Jacob seven times, his sons were watching. He’s paralyzed now.
My son, Jacob...was trying to break up a fight and the police shot him in the back.
The police shot your Uncle Jacob. He didn’t commit any crime but they shot him. And no one will be arrested or tried for disabling him for the rest of his life.
It was my best friend, Jacob, his sons had to watch him get shot. He held onto his shirt and shot him. How could he do that to him?
It was Jacob from next door. He was just trying to help. They won’t arrest the man who shot him.
Look in the mirror. Pretend there is someone very real hanging on your every word. And every word is the story of someone you know.