Georgia: Almost all the USA people saw the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery’s life when a video emerged this week of white men armed with automatic weapons confronting the black man, a struggle with punches thrown, three shots fired straight into the black young man body and Arbery collapsing dead.
The Feb. 23 shooting in coastal Georgia is drawing comparisons to a much darker period of racial war in U.S. history — when extrajudicial killings of black young people, almost exclusively at the hands of white male vigilantes, inflicted racial terror on Africans who are living in America. It frequently happened with law enforcement complicity or feigned criminal ignorance.
The footage of Arbery’s death which you can see below, it was not the only thing that rattled the nation’s conscience. It took more than two months for his pursuers — who told police they suspected he was a burglar — to be arrested and taken into custody. That is fueling calls for the resignation of local authorities who initially investigated the case and reforms of Georgia’s criminal justice system.