Biden fans the flames of racism in Georgia murder trial
Intense fear factor becomes major consideration during jury deliberations
The murder trial of three white men found guilty of 23 charges in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, resulted in life sentences for the Georgia residents. They mistakenly thought the black jogger seen leaving a home under construction was fleeing a crime scene in the suburban Brunswick area where the crime rate more than doubles the U.S. national average. No one, not even the assailants deny the shooting of innocent Arbery. It was a tragedy of massive proportions. The white shooters included father and son, Greg McMichael,65, Travis McMichael,35, and a neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan,52.
According to reports, the men all face mandatory sentences of life in prison. The judge has yet to decide whether their sentences will be served with or without the possibility of parole. The predominantly white jury had the pressure of white Kyle Rittenhouse‘s acquittal last week that was followed by the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas Parade deadly rampage committed by black career criminal Darrell Brooks, with a long rap sheet* including being a registered sex offender and running over the mother of his child. Brooks, inconceivably out on ridiculously low bail for other felonies, posted just two days before the massacre — as he deliberately drove his van into the holiday parade, killing 6 and seriously injuring 48. Many of his victims were children. Three sets of siblings were among the victims.
Ignoring the fact that the Georgia defendants placed a 911 call explaining what they believed to be a fleeing burglar, who refused to stop — which they also video taped to substantiate their claims, Joe Biden issued this statement, interjecting himself into the case, declaring Arbery’s killing was a “devastating reminder” of how much more work the country has to do in the fight for racial justice.
“While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin,” Biden said. In issuing this statement, Biden neglected to mention that foolish oversimplification works both ways.
* Scroll down through New American report to view Darrell Brooks’ rap sheet.