‘I’ve Been Praying For This City,’ Kenosha Biden Attendee Says

KENOSHA, WI — Theresa McMorris had to see for herself. McMorris, an early childhood educator from Racine, stood across the street from the Kenosha Grace Lutheran Church to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Media and onlookers lined the sidewalks, and a group of demonstrators at times […]

KENOSHA, WI — Theresa McMorris had to see for herself.

McMorris, an early childhood educator from Racine, stood across the street from the Kenosha Grace Lutheran Church to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Media and onlookers lined the sidewalks, and a group of demonstrators at times poured onto the street.

“When I heard Biden was here, I had to come and see him,” McMorris told Patch. “The thing I like about Biden is when he came to town, he went to talk with Jacob’s family. I think that’s extremely important.”

Biden’s visit came a little more than a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot several times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. Blake survived the shooting, yet remains paralyzed from the waist down.

Biden spoke with the Blake family after his flight touched down in Milwaukee Thursday morning. He spoke with most of the family in-person, and spoke with Jacob by phone.

McMorris said she was horrified when she saw the eyewitness video of the Blake shooting. In that video, police were seen following Blake around his SUV, grabbing him by the shirt, and opening fire on him several times as he entered his car while his children were seated inside.

“When I saw what happened, and how they shot that man seven times, it broke my heart because I am an early-childhood educator,” she said. “I understand children. They think totally differently that adults, so you never know what they went through.”

“I have been praying for this city,” she said.

McMorris said she had ample reason to pray: the days following the Blake shooting saw numerous arson cases, burned-out buildings, clashes with police and a separate shooting that left two dead and a third wounded.

Biden traveled from Milwaukee to Kenosha to speak with a small group of people inside the church for a private talk focused on social healing and ethnic unity. During the hour-long discussion, he shared some of his personal story and outlined several reforms in an appeal to Black supporters.

As Biden touted his taxpayer-funded reform package inside the church, McMorris said educational reforms need to make specific positive impacts on Black children during their early childhood years.

“I don’t want any of the children to fall behind because they’re no longer in school,” she told Patch, citing the majority of children who are now embarking on virtual learning programs across the state due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Being online can be a challenge, so I think they need to make very sure educators orientate children, so they can understand virtual schooling.”

And when children go back to school, McMorris said more effort needs to be paid to children who suffer early-on during their home life.

“I go back and look at the children. Some of them have not been developed yet — some do not know to how to explain things in the way that they want to,” she said. “A lot of times they get quiet, they get shy, they back up, or they don’t say anything.”

McMorris said she has seen many children get ignored in classroom settings, shuttled in and out of special needs classes, or get easily provoked into arguments or fights because they haven’t learned the coping strategies that many children learn as they grow up.

“Obviously they’re going through something, she said. “If we do a better job showing that we care for them and love them, we will get greatness from them.”

This article originally appeared on the Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch

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