Dear fellow humans born into white privilege,
Many of you by now are aware of the story of Ahmaud Arbery, a young 25 year old man of color, who was senselessly gunned down and murdered, by two white men in Georgia on February 23rd, 2020, while out for a run. His crime, being black while running and allegedly in their minds, matching the description of a robbery suspect from the area. They saw him and intentionally chased after him in their vehicle, and shot him dead. For running, while black.
Yesterday would have been his 26th birthday.
I learned of this story, as many others did, via social media. Earlier in the week, the hashtag #justiceforahmaud started popping up, along with the tragic story of this young man, followed by the video of his death, which I still cannot and will not watch.
Like many, I had the question, “Why is this now just making the rounds on social media, almost two months after the event occured?”