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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.