The guilty verdict of Ahmaud Abery, the white man charged in Ahmaud’s murder in Georgia last year, triggered a flurry of social media praises from civil rights groups and prominent politicians.

They said that the majority of white jurors’ decision was just for Arbery and his family. However, it wasn’t the end of justice for those of color.

“Today’s verdict upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice. True justice looks like a young Black man not having to worry about being harmed – or killed – while on a jog, while sleeping in his bed, while living what should be a very long life,” Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, the first Black person to represent the state in the U.S. Senate, Statement. “Ahmaud should always be present with us today.”

Marcus Arbery’s civil rights attorney Ben Crump called the verdict of the jury “progress.” However, he cautioned, “We are not close to the finish line.”

“After nearly two years of pain, suffering, and wondering if Ahmaud’s killers would be held to account, the Arbery family finally has some justice. Crump stated in a statement that while Ahmaud will not be brought back, his family can rest assured knowing that the murderers will never again inflict any kind of harm on anyone else. While today’s events are not for celebration, they can be used as a moment for reflection.

He stated, “This matter, according to all accounts should have been opened…. The violent stalking of Ahmaud arbery was recorded on video for the rest of the world. We still wondered if justice could be done because of all the flaws, cracks and biases that our systems had.

Margaret Huang, the president and CEO at the Southern Poverty Law Center called the verdict “necessary.” 

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“Through this conviction, the criminal justice system has begun to address the pervasive inequities that exist when it comes to the treatment of Black and brown people,” Huang stated this in a statement. “However, the system and those responsible for prosecuting such crimes must face the reality that, while there was video documentation of this murder, that is not the case for most crimes that occur in our country.

“It is important to remember that the first prosecutor who reviewed this case, who had worked with Gregory McMichael, attempted to clear these men of all charges and is now facing criminal charges herself for her conduct in this case. We would have probably never seen the disturbing video and not had this verdict or even any trial.

“The fact that justice was done in this case does not deny the reality that countless Black men are targeted and killed for no reason other than the color of their skin. These incidents will keep happening until the criminal justice system is focused on fighting anti-Black crimes and white supremacy.

Derrick Johnson is the president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. verdict “long overdue”Arbery’s untimely death is attributed to racist ideologies that are deeply ingrained in this country.

Johnson stated that generations of Black Americans have witnessed this repeatedly, including the deaths of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin. The McMichaels’ and William Bryan’s actions leading to Ahmaud’s deaths reflect an increasing and deeper division in America. If not dealt with on a systematic level, it will lead to its destruction. It is white supremacy that is really causing harm to our nation.



Source: USAToday.com

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