This morning, I have seen the video of 25 year old Auhmed Arbery being chased down and shot to death by two men (father and son) while going for a jog. The video is distressing and I will never watch it again. The two men were not arrested. Frankly, this does not surprise me because this happens way too often in the black and brown communities. This actually happens more often than the media leads us to believe. This angers me because excuses are made every time this happens. There’s absolutely no excuse for this. None whatsoever! I have two African Americans brothers, uncles, and cousins. My ex boyfriend is Hispanic. Those men must be bought to justice before they hurt someone else!
As I’m heading to work, the weight of what has happened to Ahmaud is pressing on my heart. Stories like this literally turns my stomach upside down. How can a routine jog suddenly become a death trap? How can this happen to him? According to one of the shooters, he quote on quote “looks like a suspect?”
I “look like a suspect.” How do I know? Because there are times police stare at me as I’m walking down the street. Don’t get me wrong, I love the skin I’m in. It’s just hard. I have aspirations of becoming a writer. I have no criminal history whatsoever. Unfortunately, those intimidated (or just plain prejudiced) by black and brown individuals will not be able to see past my outer appearance.
Sadly, this is what happened to Ahmaud. Those two men couldn’t see him as someone who’s going for a jog. They saw him as a criminal on the run. That’s the heartbreaking reality about all of this. Who would have thought that one healthy choice can cause someone to get chased down and killed?
My Heavenly Father, there are no words to describe the inner turmoil Ahmaud’s family is feeling right now. I’m feeling it too. As I’m on the verge of tears, I ask that you help bring those responsible for this lynching to justice. Also, I pray that you reach the hearts of those bitter towards black and brown people and let them know that there’s more good in us than meets the eye. Father I lean on You. In Jesus Name, Amen.