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Shot in the back and paralyzed, so why the cuffs?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police gunshot victim Jacob Blake is both paralyzed from the waist down and handcuffed to his hospital bed. Given that Blake is paralyzed and in critical condition, his father asks the question: Why is he chained to the bed?

I have the same question, as Blake surely is not a flight risk given that he is fighting for his life even as Kenosha, Wisconsin burns and professional athletes pay tribute to the father of several young children.

“I hate it that he was laying in that bed with the handcuff onto the bed,” his father…


The NBA, WNBA, MLB, and the U.S. Tennis Association are lockstep in protest

The Milwaukee Bucks play the Denver Nuggets on March 9, 2020. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Black athletes have had enough.

The Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play in last night’s scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man shot seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The decision caused a domino effect across leagues: the WNBA and MLB followed suit by postponing games.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka announced on Twitter that she would skip her semifinals match at the Western and Southern Open. In her note, she said: “Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman.”

WNBA athletes, a longtime…


The father, shot multiple times by police, is in serious condition

A global call for anti-Black racism has not stopped a summer wave of police violence against unarmed Black men.

Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police as he attempted to enter his SUV after breaking up a fight early Sunday evening. The incident happened in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake’s three sons were among the witnesses of the shooting, according to attorney Benjamin Crump and the American Civil Liberties Union.

A video of the shooting has circulated over 700,000 views on social media and sparked a night of protests throughout Kenosha County. The 29-year-old father had attempted to…

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