Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Story by Maura Nowak, Staff Writer

If you’ve been using Instagram in the past few days, chances are that you’ve seen people posting on their Instagram stories, urging their friends to sign a petition along with the hashtag “Justice for Ahmaud Arbery.”

The petition, hosted at change.org, is demanding the arrest of Gregory and Travis McMichael, a white father and son who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man.

Arbery was going on a jog on February 23rd, 2020, when he was stopped by a truck. The McMichaels had seen him running and followed him in their vehicle, proceeding to incite an argument with Arbery before fatally shooting him.

In the months that followed the murder, no one was arrested, evidence remained unreleased, and there were feeble attempts made to treat Arbery’s case with the respect it deserved. These injustices, along with the release of a video just this Tuesday that clearly showed the killing led to a loud outcry from not only the public but also celebrities and politicians such as Joe Biden.

Signers of the petition had the option to submit their reason for signing. The most-liked comment read, “I don’t understand why I have to sign a petition. Those men should be in PRISON.”

On Thursday night, Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault, and are currently being held in a Georgia jail. The situation is still developing, but many people are happy for this small victory. However, this should have never happened in the first place, and the amount of time it took for the two criminals to be arrested is inexcusable.

Cases like Arbery’s make it clear that there is still a pervasive sickness of racial inequality in America, not only because of the nonsensical violence towards unarmed and defenseless black men, but also because of they way their cases are handled after death.

At the time of writing, the petition has 726,008 signatures and counting. Their current goal is 1,000,000. If you’d still like to show your support, you can sign here.