Nov. 24, 2021
The day before Thanksgiving, a jury found the three Caucasian men who are responsible for Ahmaud Arbery’s death are found guilty. The jury found each man responsible in different degrees. Each man faces the same nine counts: “one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony,” under Georgia law, but Travis McMichael, the son of Gregory McMichael, was found guilty on all nine counts, while Gregory McMichael was found guilty on eight of nine counts, and William “Roddie” Bryan, the family friend, was found guilty on six of nine counts.
I kept myself updated on this case, and became concerned when the jury was comprised of all Caucasians with the exception of one juror. I don’t assume that all Caucasians are racist, but in the deep-rooted, racist past of America, this has occurred countless times and Caucasian jurors almost never held other Caucasians accountable, and almost always held those of African descent accountable, even if they did not commit the crime. In recent years, we have seen more and more Black people exonerated for various reasons, including insufficient evidence and adequately checking other suspects. If there is insufficient evidence to convict someone or all suspects were not investigated, why did the jury convict them? Because of the racist beliefs the jurors held.
Everyone dreads the jury duty summons. However, for a very long time, those of African descent were barred from serving as a juror. Even as recent as a decade ago, studies show that Blacks are routinely excluded from serving on a jury. So racism is built into the justice system must be re-examined.
I recall watching a portion of the closing arguments for Arbery’s case, and when one of the defense attorneys said that Arbery wasn’t wearing socks that covered his dirty toenails, I was appalled at the racism she spewed. What do lack of socks and dirty toenails have to do with being chased and threatened by three grown men in big trucks, one of whom had a gun? Clearly no on read her closing arguments or provided feedback on how racist this was. In addition, what would be the condition of her toenails if she were wearing old running shoes while running without socks? Dirty. So logic lapsed, to say the least, for this attorney.
Anyway, I am relieved that the jury was came to their decision and adequately held each person responsible for their role in Arbery’s death.
NanoPoblano Day 24 Done!