What do the Federal Hate Crime Convictions of McMichaels and Bryan tell us
Greg and Travis McMichaels and William Bryan were convicted of a federal hate crime for the killing of Ahmad Arbery on February 22, 2022.
McMichaels and Bryan were already convicted in state court for the murder of Ahmad. They were sentenced to life in prison.
Do their convictions speak volumes about the message sent across the country that the killing of innocent black people will not be tolerated? Are we really ready to have that conversation?
Black people are very happy to see justice for Ahmaud, especially his mom and family.
However, we are far from this reality.
Recently, Kimberly Potter, a former Minnesota police officer, was sentenced to 2 years for killing Dante Wright, and three White La. State Police Officers were not even charged for killing Ronald Greene.
In both cases, Wright and Greene, there was video footage of these horrific incidents. The convictions of McMichaels and Bryan do exemplify justice that's deserved in Ahmaud's case.
Considering the fact that this violent crime was committed in the deep south, are America's justice system and society reckoning with embracing the harsh reality of itself and the systemic bias system? Black people historically have been fighting and demanding justice for the killings of so many innocent men, women, and children for years.
Despite a long history of protests, the failure to pass the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor Bills, addressing the police violence against Blacks, there is more emphasis placed on body cams, special training, mental health, and police departmental changes-but less emphasis on the prosecution of the killing of defenseless Black people. Until we are completely honest about the social apparatus and makeup of this country within the confines of the obvious biases laws, rules, systems, and policies that heavily effects the Black community, there will always be unrest and revolt. Therefore, the historical data, the obvious evidence, and the lack of addressing these serious issues have caterpillar into what we see today-the outrage of Blacks being killed and no accountability.
We are now confronted with looking at Ahmaud Arbery's case as the bar set in future situations; however, the anger and disgust regarding the killing of armed or unarmed Blacks are of grave concern and the need to do something about it is now. Hopefully, Ahmaud Aubrey's case is not an isolated matter, and when Black people are killed unjustly, those who commit these crimes are held accountable at the severest punishment.