Like most Americans of conscience, I have been appalled and sickened by the 21st century lynching of twenty five year old Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery is the African American jogger in Georgia who was confronted and shot by a father and son vigilante team from a pick up truck.
At this stage of the investigation it seems Arbery’s sole crime was “jogging while Black.” I only recently became aware of this case, and admittedly, was hesitant to speak out until all the facts were known.
I live in St. Louis and the shooting of Michael Brown, and the civil unrest later, taught me and others a valuable lesson about waiting for all the facts.
The narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot” became a national rallying cry for activists and those seeking justice for Michael Brown and his family.
We later learned from the grand jury and the FBI that “hands up, don’t shoot” was a fabrication used maliciously to pour gasoline on an already inflammatory situation.