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Ahmaud Arbery's Life Mattered

Update: The GBI has confirmed that both Gregory and Travis McMichael have been arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.  A press conference will be held tomorrow morning at 9AM.

Yesterday, a few of my friends on Facebook posted a petition for signatures.  One of my friends was so passionate; I clicked on the link. The initial paragraph floored me. I sat at my laptop and thought, “How could this happen?” If the event wasn’t horrific enough to read about in the first paragraph, which asks you to call or sign the petition, the next section below the headline took a horrible situation and became even more dumbfounding to me.  For those of you who have not clicked on the link, which you should, you should know that on February 23, 2020, in Brunswick, Georgia, a twenty-five-year-old man went for a jog. This young man was a fit athlete. This young man’s skin color should not have mattered, but it did to two white supremacists because he was in the wrong neighborhood. These two men got in their truck with weapons, chased him down, shot him, and killed him.  His name was Ahmaud Arbery.

Ahmaud Arbery did nothing wrong that day.  He merely went for a jog, and Gregory McMichael and his son Travis armed themselves with a shotgun and a 357 magnum.  Why should his life have been cut short because of backward thinking? Why is this still happening in 2020? No matter how one tries to portray this story, the fact of the matter is this young man was lynched. This attack was a hate crime perpetrated by two men who have substantial ties to law enforcement. To add to the pure audacity, these two men took the law into their own hands; this story occurred in my state. This story was not one I heard about until yesterday.  Until the petition mentioned above started going around, I had no idea about this case.  So on top of the horrific nature of this incident, by not hearing about it until now makes me realize there was an attempted coverup of the truth by the Glynn County Police department.

Over the years, there have been many scandals with this police department.  These men were tried yet! No one wants to take on this case because no one is brave enough to stand up to a corrupt system!  The original prosecutor in the case argued that neither Gregory McMichael nor his son Travis McMichael should deserve an arrest on their records.  This murder was a case of self-defense.  Since when did self-defense include someone not stopping to talk to two people shouting at them become a reason to chase someone down.  The NY Post article stated this. They also reported that the two began the case because Arbery appeared to look like a suspect in a string of break-ins. What gave the McMichaels to play God that day with his young man’s life? Why are they not being punished?  Why have they not been charged? The fact is, justice for Ahmaud Arbery must be served.

Because of the public pressure taking place, DA Tom Burden, in Hinesville, Georgia, will be taking the case before a Grand Jury finally.  This case is merely to decide if charges need to be filed against the two men who took it upon themselves to play vigilante and kill this young man for only going on a run.  The FBI and GBI have become involved in this case, but we still have more to do.  These two men should have handcuffs on their wrists by now. These two men need charges brought against them on a federal level for committing a hate crime. We have to do more in this country than sit back and say nothing. We MUST do more. 

I once remember thinking that all lives matter.  I now know they do not because of Gregory McMichael and his son. Ahmaud Arbery’s life mattered. No one will ever be able to tell me any differently.  And honestly, if you try to tell anyone anymore that all lives matter, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and your privilege staring back at you. 

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  1. I remember hearing the Ahmaud Arberys case and The View one morning and how disheartening it was to hear that another innocent black man was shoot down in cold blood . . . I don’t know how these people live with themselves. They’re not human, they can’t be. These policemen who shoot down Arberys and Floyd deserve a life of imprisonment.

    • It’s hard for me to paint them as human after watching the video. What happened to Ahmaud is seared in my mind forever. I cannot comprehend what would possess anyone to look at anyone, especially a young man jogging and think they have to shoot him. I don’t know how they live with themselves either. I’ll never understand their process. I’m hoping they are prosecuted to the highest extent of the laws here and honestly as you said it should be life imprisonment.

  2. Great post. What a travesty. I have posted on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. It is so important that children are educated in the fact that color is only skin deep. Kids get this when they are kids. Its adults who teach kids racism.

    I remember a story in Readers Digest from years ago. A mother was collecting her child from school. He said he had made a new friend that day. The mother asked him to point the new friend out. He said the kid in the red sweater and blue pants. There were several kids dressed the same and the mother said which one. Her son marched over and pointed at his new friend. This one he said. The kid was black. her son did not see the skin. He only saw a new friend. Great story.

    • Thank you, Michael! I think that is what infuriates me the most about this story. And after watching the video, which I do not recommend, it was even more infuriating to me. The fact that there is a group on Facebook right now for justice for the two men who shot Arbery is insane to me. I cannot fathom hating someone based on their skin color so bad that others agree with these two men and feel that chasing someone down and shooting them is the right thing to do. That’s not justice. That’s murder. Period.

      I love stories like that. It’s the way that it should be. I think knowing how I was raised and knowing that there’s a difference if I were jogging in a neighborhood as opposed to some of my friends is what makes this story that much more heartwrenching. It should not be that way. I should not think to myself, ‘My God I hope so-so makes it home tonight,’ if he or she tells me they’re going to jog. Everyone’s life is important. Skin color does no matter in regard to who should live and who should die. We all should have equal opportunities in this world and we don’t. And who knows what he could have gone on to do considering he was twenty-five years old. It’s just depressing all the way around.

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