We have seen in a matter of months the murders of two Americans. On February 23rd, Ahmaud Arbery was shot multiple times by a father and son that claimed they were trying to make a citizen’s arrest. Claiming that they believed Arbery to be a robbery suspect. I will not post this video. It’s beyond disturbing. As if his murder was not bad enough, it took months before Gregory McMichael and his son Travis were arrested for the murder. Why did they wait months before arresting these two men that were seen on video committing said crime? Was it due to public outcry once the video went viral? They are saying it’s due to prosecutor turnover. The case is currently on its fourth prosecutor.
A third man has also been charged. He is accused of trying to detain Aubrey by blocking him in using his vehicle. This same man is the one whose video went viral. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. is also charged with felony murder. The murder is now being investigated as a hate crime.
On May 25th, in Minneapolis, George Floyd died while in police custody. Floyd was arrested for suspicion of forgery. The FBI will be investigating his death. All officers present have been fired. The officers already had subdued Floyd but one held him to the ground with his knee jammed into Floyd’s neck. Floyd begged the officer to just place him into the police car and get off of his neck as he could not breathe. This continued for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
It seems the world has gone crazy. But we cannot blame these deaths on the current crisis. Not when they are just two of a long list of deaths of African Americans while in police custody. This has been happening for a very long time in America.
How can we keep this from happening? Children don’t see color. They don’t feel hate. These things are taught. That’s a start. But that’s easier said than done. How do we get through to people whose hearts are filled with so much hatred? How do we make them understand what that hate is creating in this world?
One thing we must do-is hold these men accountable for their crimes. We cannot turn away when we see injustices happening before our eyes. If we do we are just as guilty as the perpetrators.