I’ve been struggling to find some way to respond. I’ve been tempted to stay off the internet, dodge every source of news, isolate myself in every way from the world. But I realize none of that is going to make this go away. So. Yeah. Here we are.
When Ahmoud Arbury was chased down a suburban street in Georgia and shot in broad daylight – that was murder – plain and simple. He was innocently jogging. He had committed no crime. He had done nothing wrong. The only reason he was chased and killed was because the people who killed him didn’t like the color of his skin.
The murderers were (finally- months later!) arrested. And now there’s a group on Facebook called “Christians Against Google” that supports Ahmoud Arbury’s killers. There is so much wrong with that I can’t even wrap my head around it. “Christians”?!! What part of Jesus’ simple instruction to “love your neighbor” is so hard for his professed followers to understand?
The group’s description says: “These 2 God fearing men were only trying to protect their neighborhood” and “this man… did not comply with simple commands.” WHAT THE HELL?!!! Ahmoud Arbury was under no obligation to “comply” with the commands being given by these racist sociopaths intent on killing him – and if you’ve seen the video you know it wouldn’t have helped Ahmoud Arbury to “comply,” anyway.
The inhumanity, the hatred, the insanity, the sheer brutality and senselessness of it – there is no way for this to be justified. No excuse for Ahmoud Arbury’s tragic murder.
It needs to stop. There’s no place or time for racist hatred in our world. We were all made for better things. We were all made to be DOing better things.
might want to update this…
got videos of this dude trespassing ….
got videos of this dude sprinting out of the house he was trespassing in….
got videos of this dude breaking and entering prior….
got videos of this dude, NOT JOGGING, but walking and wandering onto private property….
Hello Chase –
Are you referring to the video that maybe shows Ahmoud Arbury checking out a construction site for a few minutes before continuing on his jog? I found a story in thecut.com that says: “It shows a young man, believed to be Arbery, briefly wandering around a construction site before continuing to jog down the road. ‘This video is consistent with the evidence already known to us,’ lawyers for the Arbery family told CNN. ‘Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog. He stopped by a property under construction where he engaged in no illegal activity and remained for only a brief period.’”
Arboury “ENGAGED IN NO ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.” He was also UNARMED. And he was shot and killed by two white men who saw a black man running and assumed he must be guilty of something. Because he was black. Because he was running.
Your “lol” as you address the story of a young man getting shot and killed is disturbing to me.
No. I will not be making a correction.
Thank you Karen for your very great rebuttal! May God continue to comfort his family and friends during this difficult time.
Blessings to you, Syreeta! ❤