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Michelle Obama "devastated" by the Kenosha shootings


Michelle Obama says she was "just devastated" by the kenosha shootings – by Jacob Blake and by juvenile gunmen protesters – when she urged people to "keep using their megaphones and ballots" to bring about change

  • Michelle Obama tweeted on Friday that she was "exhausted and frustrated" by the racist tensions in America
  • She said she was devastated when Blake was shot dead by police officers and two protesters died who were shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old vigilante
  • The former first lady urged her millions of followers to register to vote
  • She said she saw "glimmers of something else" during the protests

Michelle Obama said she was "just devastated" by the Kenosha shootings by both police officers' unarmed black man Jacob Blake and a white youth vigilante protester when she asked people to vote.

The former first lady tweeted a long statement saying that systemic racism still exists across America and that it is sometimes seen "in the rose garden of the White House".

She detested the violence in Kenosha and said she was "exhausted and frustrated" with the country's state.

“I'm just devastated by the shooting in Kenosha. First, the seven police pistol shots on Jacob Blake's back as his children watched. Then two two nights later, the bullets that killed two protesters were arrested on a young man who was only 17 years old and charged with murder.

Michelle Obama, who appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week, tweeted about Kenohsa on Friday

“In the past few months I have thought a lot about what our children see in this country every day – the lack of empathy, the division in times of crisis, the centuries-old and systemic racism that was so pronounced in summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House rose garden. And sometimes they see it from the back of a car, ”she said.

Michelle went on to say that while she was "exhausted and frustrated" she saw "glimmers of something else" in protests that have erupted across the country.

& # 39; These protests and actions will not let Jacob Blake go again. You will not erase these children's trauma.

“And they won't bring back anyone that's been taken from us. But they will do something.

“And they won't bring back anyone that's been taken from us. But they're going to do something, ”she said.

She urged her millions of followers to use their votes to ensure change.

Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his three children three minutes after police first arrived at the scene.

They had been called by his ex-girlfriend who complained that he shouldn't have been there.

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three children, despite being unarmed

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three children, despite being unarmed

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three children, despite being unarmed

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets in an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held for murder

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets in an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held for murder

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets in an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held for murder

He survived but is now paralyzed from the waist down.

The shooting sparked riot in Kenosha, which led self-appointed militiamen to take to the streets with their own guns for not trusting the police to protect the city.

Among those guards Tuesday night was Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who had come from his Antioch, Illinois home to patrol the streets in an illegal AR-15.

He tripped and fell while running in the street and was then hit over the head by protester Anthony Huber, who had a skateboard and wanted to disarm him.

In response, Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber, another person, and injuring a third.

He was not arrested until the next day, although he approached the police with his hands up while other protesters shouted that he had just shot several people.

Rittenhouse was arrested the following day. He is in custody in Illinois and will be extradited to Wisconsin later this month.

His lawyers say he defended himself

MICHELLE & # 39; S FULL STATEMENT ON KENOSHA

“I'm just devastated by the shooting in Kenosha. First, the seven police pistol shots on Jacob Blake's back as his children watched. Then two two nights later, the bullets that killed two protesters were arrested on a young man who was only 17 years old and charged with murder.

“In the past few months I have thought a lot about what our children see in this country every day – the lack of empathy, the division in times of crisis, the centuries-old and systemic racism that was so pronounced in summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House rose garden. And sometimes they see it from the back of a car, ”she said.

Like so many of you, I am now exhausted and frustrated. It's a weight I know blacks and browns across the country are shouldering once again. And we so often ask ourselves how it gets better.

But then I see the quick and powerful protests that have surfaced across the country – from the world of sports to the people standing up peacefully and purposefully in their own communities – and I see the glimmers of something else.

These protests and actions will not let Jacob Blake go again. You will not erase these children's trauma. And they won't bring back anyone that's been taken from us. But they will do something. And they won't bring back anyone that's been taken from us. But they will do something.

They are already opening their eyes, rattling their consciences, and reminding people of different backgrounds that this problem was not resolved in the beginning of summer and it won't be anytime soon unless we all change something. And that is what I appeal to today and what we must all appeal to in the months to come – to those who look like us and to those who don't; to those who vote like us and to those who do not; to those who have experienced this type of trauma and to those who have not. We cannot just look to the oppressed to fight these battles alone. We need to reach out to people and ask them to search their hearts and listen to their inner voices – the voices that say this is just not right. Because when this happens, the change we are seeking cannot be denied.

So I want to encourage all of you to continue to use your megaphones and ballot papers to reform politics in our cities and neighborhoods. And I hope you keep talking wherever you are – boardrooms, classrooms, dining rooms, break rooms, locker rooms – because if enough of us do that, we'll open even more heads.

And maybe we can even prevent the next name from being added to this seemingly endless list of tragedies.

And make sure you are registered to vote. If you think you are already registered, please take a minute to confirm that your information has been updated. Send so much love and prayers to the families of those we have lost and whose lives are forever changed.

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