The media is awash with stories of supposedly racist cops killing unarmed black men, even though in most cases those claim can’t be proven.
The data doesn’t support the fact that there is systemic racism in the United States, a term that is sufficiently vague so as to be elastic enough for the mob to use to justify any policy belief they may have.
But, sadly, even though racism is a shell of what it used to be in America, there are still incidents of racism. These instances should be immediately condemned and those guilty of racist crimes should face justice.
Last year, in Georgia, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of three white males while Arbery was out for a jog received significant media attention…and then inexplicably the story largely disappeared.
Of all the shootings of black people by whites that the media trot out with little evidence of racism, this murder does appear to have been motivated in part by racism, and at the very least should never have happened.
The white men were seeking to make a citizens’ arrest believing that Arbery had intruded on a vacant housing construction site, and then hunted him down and killed him after a confrontation. The disturbing video of Arbery being shot is on video and can be readily found online.
The New York Times reported that “On Sunday, Feb. 23, shortly after 1 p.m., he was killed in a neighborhood a short jog from his home after being confronted by a white man and his son.
Mr. Arbery was running in Satilla Shores when a man standing in his front yard saw him go by, according to a police report. The man, Gregory McMichael, said he thought Mr. Arbery looked like a man suspected in several break-ins in the area and called to his son, Travis McMichael.
According to the police report, the men grabbed a .357 Magnum handgun and a shotgun, got into a pickup truck and chased Mr. Arbery, trying unsuccessfully to cut him off. A third man was also involved in the pursuit, according to the police report and other documents.
In a recording of a 911 call, which appears to have been made moments before the chase began, a neighbor told a dispatcher that a Black man was inside a house that was under construction on the McMichaelses’ block.
During the chase, the McMichaelses yelled, ‘Stop, stop, we want to talk to you,’ according to Gregory McMichael’s account in the police report. They then pulled up to Mr. Arbery, and Travis McMichael got out of the truck with the shotgun.
Gregory McMichael ‘stated the unidentified male began to violently attack Travis and the two men then started fighting over the shotgun at which point Travis fired a shot and then a second later there was a second shot,’ the report states…
A Georgia investigator testified that Travis McMichael had been heard using a racist slur moments after firing the shotgun blasts that killed Mr. Arbery.”
I have always said that, if there is a blatant case of criminal racism, then I will be right there with the well-intentioned protesters who seek justice.
This appears to be one such case that justifies united opposition.
This killing by three white men who thought they were the law hunted down and killed a young black man for a crime that they merely thought he might have committed despite having no evidence.
Even if they did, they should have called the police and let them enforce the law. That is what the police are for. Georgia does have a citizen arrest policy, but the men didn’t witness the crime and Arbery was not a danger to the public, so that statute doesn’t apply here.
Last week, George Floyd’s brother compared his slain brother to Emmet Till, a young black teenager who was brutally murdered by a white lynch mob in 1955 based on unsubstantiated and ultimately false accusations of sexual assault.
With all due respect to Mr. Floyd, his brother’s death in no way resembles the horrible murder of Emmet Till.
Regardless of whether one thinks that Officer Chauvin was justified in using deadly force or not, there is no denying he was resisting arrest. Emmet Till and Ahmed Arbery were not.
The Ahmed Arbery murder can better be compared to Emmet Till than George Floyd.
And yet, despite making a splash at the time, the case has disappeared from the headlines.
My best theory is that the shooting didn’t involve an active-duty white officer and that the mob’s number one goal is to abolish the police.
This murder didn’t involve a white police officer in the line of duty, so therefore the mob has no use for the case.
But Ahmed Arbery’s life still mattered, and he deserves justice too. Will he ever get it?