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Relief in Guilty Verdict

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!

6 thoughts on “Relief in Guilty Verdict

  1. Didn’t know this case in particular, but I’m glad that justice was served. Months ago, I used to watch various racially motivated incidents. I couldn’t believe how much hate there is for Asians and especially blacks. I really had to stop checking them all out because there wasn’t a day that I didn’t get depressed and cried.

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    1. The hate that occurs in the U.S. is terrible. I wrote a post about how every historically oppressed demographic in the U.S. has a target in recent years. Although I wrote that, not every part or everyone in the U.S. is bad. I think a lot of people needs to approach the race and hate issues that historically oppressed group faces is real and people should make the effort to learn about these experiences and perspectives. Although I have faced discrimination, it doesn’t amount to the same discrimination as Blacks.

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      1. I think there must be some form of racism anywhere. The level of dislike or hate just differs. Some racism is borne out of ignorance. I think we can still educate. But some racism is borne out of hate. That’s something that really takes a lot of time to fix. If it’s possible at all.

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      2. You bring up a good point about different forms of racism in any given place. I don’t know if this exists everywhere and to different degrees. Regarding racism that is born our of hate, unfortunately, I do not know whether their perspectives can be changed.

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