Ahmaud Arbery Verdicts: Systemic Racism Must Still Be Addressed

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(Photos:Twitter)November 24, 2021 – In response to the conviction of the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:We hope the conviction of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers brings some solace to his family. Nonetheless, the deep-seated forces that led to his murder persist. A single guilty verdict in a system that protects white supremacy cannot alter the systemic racism that empowers both vigilantes and police officers to kill Black people, who, despite this verdict, are no safer today than they were yesterday.History touched every part of this case.The men who killed Ahmaud Arbery had good reason to believe ‒ to know ‒ that they would inherit the 400-year-old U.S. license to kill Black people. This murder was a modern-day lynching, and, like vigilantes of the lynching era, the defendants invoked a citizen’s arrest law, laws that grew out of slave patrols.Reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, the jury was nearly all white, giving the defense attorney the confidence to play to a number of racist tropes. She claimed that Arbery had “long dirty toenails,” hoping jurors would see him as less than human and therefore somehow to blame for his murder.

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