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.