Bombers’ Jefferson tackles hurricane and history

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He knows he’ll have to talk to her about all this when she can understand it. Prepare her for life in the U.S.. He knows that’ll be a hard conversation.

“For people, kids, anybody that is not white is afraid of the law,” he said. “If you see a police officer, you immediately get tense. You immediately get afraid. You immediately want to make it seem like you are not a threat to that person. When that person is supposed to be protecting you. It’s crazy.

“And it’s sad that this is the world that we live in.”
Jefferson’s world these days also includes Hurricane Laura, snarling on to the shores of Texas and Louisiana as a likely Category 5, not far from his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

His family has fled, his mother joining Jefferson in Austin, his father, stepmom, grandmother and some friends scattering elsewhere.

The family home has survived several of these. All they can do is wait.

“Everybody’s worried about their home in Beaumont, when it comes to the flooding and the wind,” Jefferson said. “They say the winds are going to be pretty strong to where they could just rip the roof off of some buildings. I’m just happy my mom and my family are out of the city completely, out of harm’s way.”

If only he could feel that reassured about the lives of Blacks in general.


The NBA shut down. Some baseball teams and Major League Soccer, too.

But the Stanley Cup playoffs went on with a simple pre-game moment of silence on Wednesday, wishing Wisconsin police shooting victim Jacob Blake and his family well.

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