A bloodied, emotional Ronald Moon Jr. addressed his attackers, his community and his nation in a video recently uploaded to LiveLeak. He explained that he has been in the same Cincinnati neighborhood for the majority of his life, noting he has been working on turning his own home into a community center.
Despite the fact that it has been burglarized several times, Moon said he has nonetheless been “putting in hours and hour and hours” of work to restore the residence.
“And today I came across the people that have been breaking in there,” he said. “This is what they did to me.”
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He then showed several lacerations and contusions in addition to the injuries to his face that were obvious from the video’s beginning.
“I want to do something good for my people,” he said as tears streamed down his face. “I’m tired of struggling. I’m sick of it.”
Moon confirmed that the black community is in peril, explaining that those who attacked him could not even understand why they were doing it.
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“I’m tired of seeing this hurt,” he said. “I kept asking them why. I kept asking them why. Why? They couldn’t say. They don’t know. I didn’t know for years. I didn’t know why; but the feeling is real.”
The pain – both physical and emotional – remains, Moon said, though he confirmed he is able to look beyond the actions of a few to see the good in humanity.
“But I still love all my people,” he said. “I love everyone. I love you.”
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