Add jogging while Black to the growing list of things Black Americans can’t do without the fear of being gunned down for no reason.
Yesterday (May.5), the internet reacted to a two-month-old video that showed the brutal killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. In the clip (which we will not be sharing), Arbery can be seen jogging in a neighborhood outside Brunswick on February 23 and subsequently chased down by a former police officer, of course, and his son authorities stated.
According to the Glynn County Police report, Gregory McMichael revealed to authorities the same old spiel that he thought Arbery looked like a man suspected of a series of recent break-ins that have taken place in the neighborhood. Hence, they took upon themselves to take action.
In the highly disturbing video, McMichael and his son hunt down Arbery. A struggle then ensues between Arbery and McMichael’s son over the shotgun he is wielding. While Arbery is doing his best to defend himself by throwing punches, as 2 shots can be heard going off as they fight off-screen. McMichael is standing in the back of the pick-up truck also pulls out a weapon as well but doesn’t fire. When Arbery comes back on the screen, a third shot is heard, Arbery stumbles back and his fatal wounds near his left rib cage are visible, and he stumbles and falls.
The video has sparked a tremendous amount of outrage as the details surrounding it continue to come out. Mainly over the fact, the incident happened back in February and the fact one of the District Attorney’s who has have recused themselves from the case wrote that “Travis McMichael acted out of self-defense and their actions fell within Georgia’s citizen arrest laws.”
Reactions denouncing Arbery’s killing are pouring in. Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden has weighed in, Senator Kamala Harris and many more have sounded off.
The case will go to a grand jury in coastal Georgia, protesters have taken to the scene to the crime already. This is the next powder keg waiting to explode during a global pandemic no less. You can peep the reactions in the gallery below.
Photo: change.org / other
This #ahmaudarbery case is the kind that keeps black parents like me up at night. He was 25 and jogging. My son is 26 and likes to run. They don’t have to be doing anything wrong, and in a split second DEAD because rampant anti-blackness marks their masculinity as menace.— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) May 5, 2020
Let’s be clear: the Georgia prosecutor in the #AhmaudArbery case is no hero. He has sat on this video for a month. He is ONLY sending this to a grand jury because the video was leaked. #RolandMartinUnfiltered— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 5, 2020
#AhmaudArbery was killed Two. Months. Ago. The only reason this case is being seen by fresh eyes is because of outcry & video.— brittany packnett cunningham will brb. (@MsPackyetti) May 5, 2020
NEVER tell us to wait ever again. It almost always means never.
"How much time do you want for your progress?" Baldwinpic.twitter.com/T36bqnUgMz
[VIOLENCE WARNING]— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 5, 2020
Are these two men “good people” too, @realDonaldTrump? I call on you and @GovKemp to condemn the actions of these two white men as terrorism, hatred, inhumanity, insanity, immorality and evil. Unconscionable. #AhmaudArbery pic.twitter.com/XoYmrlr6sR
Georgia, if you can crowd the parks and malls for sunshine and sneakers, you can show up for #ahmaudArbery. Space yourselves out and wear your masks, but let the world know that you will not accept this in your state!— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) May 5, 2020
I've been speechless all day about the lynching of #AhmaudArbery.— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) May 6, 2020
Sometimes words can't paint the picture of thoughts, of feelings, of rage, of reckoning again with one's existence as a Black American--an existence of always being one step away from racist terror, from death.
The shooting of #AhmaudArbery, an unarmed Black man jogging in a Georgia neighborhood, happened TWO MONTHS AGO. Law enforcement said the attackers, who claimed Arbery was a burglar, were legally open carrying and within their rights to pursue him. https://t.co/OLzTBXUTYZ— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 5, 2020
I saw the Ahmaud Arbery video hours ago on @AttorneyCrump’s timeline and was sickened, disgusted and horrified. An unarmed black man being executed for doing nothing but existing is sadly called Tuesday in this country.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 5, 2020
Please Share Ahmaud Arbery was an innocent 25 year old black man that was murdered by two white men😔 He jogged in the area every single day and ppl would call the police on him and say he was a burglar. That's not even the worst part the murder was recorded😡😡 #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/JNYzlm7gd4— imtherealgeek (@JhadiyahG) May 5, 2020
I haven’t watched the video of #AhmaudArbery because I know it’s painful. @GovKemp these two are murderers. No self-defense, just full blown murderers. You might want to wake up. #JusticeForAhmaud pic.twitter.com/WJytt1QSuy— ☆DeeJay_89✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿☆ (@est_dee1989) May 6, 2020
The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood. My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder. https://t.co/alvY5WjdHx— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 6, 2020
Not long ago I mentioned to a group of white people that I never run at night because of the dangers of being a large black man running in the dark. I instantly knew they thought I was being extra. Turns out I was being understated. Ahmaud Arbery was running in the daytime.— jelani cobb (@jelani9) May 6, 2020
👇🏾— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 6, 2020
"Durden is the 3rd prosecutor..assigned to the case after..2 recused themselves because of professional ties to..McMichael (who) recently retired..as an investigator in the Brunswick DA's office. He..worked for 7yrs as an officer in the Glynn Co PD." https://t.co/VSuB0Qw2WV
No charges have been filed against former Brunswick, Georgia police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael for the cold-blooded murder of 25-year-old jogger Ahmaud Arbery.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 6, 2020
The video is too disturbing to share. This was a lynching.https://t.co/qFCbCJiVr6
A lot of y'all young black folks act like voting doesn't matter.— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 6, 2020
Pay attention to your local sheriffs and prosecutors because any of us could easily be Ahmaud Arbery.
Who do you want sitting behind that District Attorney desk when the local racists come for you?
The brutal, horrific, intentional murder of #AhmaudArbery was a modern day lynching. To call this anything else is to excuse and enable white supremacy. Not sharing the video, but think it’s a moral imperative to speak out.— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) May 6, 2020