Jessica Whitaker’s Story
The Fourth of July is meant to be a time of celebration to rejoice in our freedom of tyrannical rule from England. It’s a time when we BBQ, join together with friends, watch fireworks and be glad that we’re Americans. All of us.
For one family that celebration was cut short.
Jessica Whitaker, a 24-year-old white woman, her fiance Jose Ramirez, and two others were walking along Indianapolis Canal Walk near downtown Indianapolis when someone in the group used a racial slur. Ramirez says a passing group started a verbal confrontation when they shouted “Black Lives Matter”. Whitaker, or someone else in the group, then responded with “All Lives Matter”.
The argument ended when both sides realized they were armed.
Ramirez said, “It was squashed, and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot.” Ramirez stated that he fired back but didn’t hit anyone. He held her while she died. She pronounced at a local hospital a short time later.
A young mother’s life was ended because she might have said All Lives Matter.
Why is it being seen a such an evil thing to believe that we are all important and we all matter? It doesn’t matter your sex, race, or religion, you are an important person. Your neighbor is important. Your co-worker is important.
Jessica’s life was important. Her 3-year-old son, who now has to grow up without a mother, is important. The person who murdered is important. Yes, even the lives of murders matter.
We should not have to live in fear that we may be shot and murdered because of what we think. We should not live in fear that we may die because we believe that All Lives Matter. We should not fear dying because someone is angry about a supposed injustice that happened.
All Lives Matter.
Division in this Country and Black Lives Matter
The Democrats in this country and the media try to make everyone believe that President Donald Trump is the “divider in chief”. That he is a racists, bigoted, xenophobic homophobe. He’s the only president to ever fully support the LGBTQ+ community since day one of his presidency.
The division in our country began with Obama and has only gotten worse thanks to the Democrats in government. Our country was doing great before Covid-19. We had the lowest unemployment rate in decades across the board. Our economy was booming.
I can’t help but to stop and think about Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, I have a dream.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification’, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” (Martin Luther King Jr. I Have A Dream)– Martin Luther King, Jr. (I Have a Dream)
MLK is so right. We need to put aside our judgments of one another based on anything but the content of our character. We need to join hands as one nation. We need to stop hating one another.
None of us are subhuman genetic defects either.
My other half reminded me of something. He’s a Marine Corps Veteran. When they are in boot camp each person, no matter their race, is broken down to nothing. As they are built back up they are told they are all green. There is no white. There is no black. There is no yellow, red, nothing. Everyone is green. You’re taught how to trust your brother and sister.
We are all red, white and blue. We are all Americans.
All Lives Matter.
You can help out Jessica Whitaker’s family by giving to her Go Fund Me.