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Did the McMichaels and Bryan's guilty verdicts started a new change in America

Updated: Dec 17, 2021

The guilty verdicts of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery against Greg and Travis McMichaels and co-defendant William “Roddie” Bryan was justice for Black people everywhere. Finally, the conviction of White men killing a Black person is brought to justice.

William Bryan, left, Travis McMichael, center, Greg McMichael, right of photo

The McMichaels and Bryan trial was composed of 11 White jurors and 1 Black juror. This was very alarming and concerning.

However, despite the criticism and concerns of the composition of jury, the jury delivered a striking blow to the defendants finding them guilty on almost all counts.

The cheers of Blacks and bystanders outside the courthouse were a sign of joy and relief.

For Blacks, in general, this is form of victory considering the racial climate. For years, Blacks have seen White defendants accused of killing Blacks and getting away with it. If there was a conviction, it was like a slap on the wrist.

Ahmaud Arbery was chased down and killed on video. It went viral.

The district attorney office and police department were so inadequate that the Jackie Johnson, former D.A. of Brunswick were charged for obstructing Ahmaud Arbery case, and the officers who were on the scene is no longer working for the Glynn County Police Department.

These officers failed to secure crime scene, make an arrest, or handle this case as a crime.

Getting Justice

This was truly justice and somewhat redemption for the Arbery family, especially for his mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones. She never stopped fighting to make sure that these men are held accountable for murdering her son.

Wanda Cooper-Jones and Rev. Al Sharpton

It was a journey for her and her family. Fortunately, they were able to see it through and get convictions.

In 2021, Derek Chavin, a white police officer, was convicted for killing George Floyd, a black man, by kneeling on Flody’s neck for nearly ten minutes. He received 22.5 years.

Also, in 2021, Eric DeValkenaere, a white Kansas City Detective, killed Cameron Lamb, 26. He faces up to 15 years in prison for second-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Holding those responsible for committing crimes like this is true justice for families like the Arberys. Sadly, the loss of a loved one is much greater.

New Day in America

New Black Panther Party & Lions of Judah Armed Forces

It was a sight to see-armed Black men outside the courthouse as the guilty verdicts was announced. This gives reminiscence to last year when Black armed men stood in the street and in the front of the McMichaels’ home in Brunswick, Ga.

Black Armed Militia in Brunswick

Black people are demanding justice on all fronts. They are not accepting “no” for an answer. Protests, civil suits, Black armed militias/gun clubs, and the rise of Black media who are speaking daily about systemic and institutional racism and injustices.

From some of the most unlikely Black voices in media have addressed and pushed for change and accountability.

The demand for change is now!

As Black America piece together an already troubled history of discrimination, marginalization, and suppression, the hope for better days is only a dream.

Black people are more than likely will be stopped, arrested, convicted, or killed than Whites.

More importantly, Blacks experience unemployment, lack of assistance, and overall help and protection as opposed to Whites.

Unfortunately, poor social-economic neighborhoods are plagued by crime, drugs, and violence with lesser and lesser support and help,

In these neighborhoods, they are hardly any viable programs to remove the younger people from off of the streets, but they always find ways to fund police departments that has been focused on arresting the very people they are supposed to serve and protect.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) data and Current Population Survey (CPS) data

Some Blacks are exercising self-determination like Ramzu Yunus in Detroit, MI, and Elaina Porter of Atlanta, Ga. Self-Determination is the right to self-govern and take control of land and property rights that is for the people.

Ramzu Yunus

When the government refuses to do their job, the people have the to right remove their vote and exercise a plebiscite vote, choosing their own government.

Self-Determination can be exercised under the constitution, human rights, and international laws.

Also, Black Gun Clubs and various small movements for change are growing, and with the resurgence of Black Media, the demand for change is necessary.

Nevertheless, whether or not these guilty verdicts of the McMichaels and Bryan by an almost all-White jury is a real moment of America reckoning, that it has to change from a climate of prejudice and discrimination, remains to be proven.

However, for the Ahmaud Arbery's family, justice was all they wanted and justice is what they had received.

By MajorTv