A sign of progress, but far from real change

November 24, 2021 – Today, a jury in Georgia found the three men accused of shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery last year guilty on charges of murder. This case became a larger national reckoning on racial injustice–with the three white men acting as judge, jury and executioner against a Black man without any proof of a crime.

Throughout the trial, America witnessed the level of racism that Black people and people of color face every day in this country. It showed how prejudice permeates every corner of American society, from neighborhoods to the courtroom.

Today’s verdict showed us some progress, but we are far from real change. It provided a sense of accountability, but not true justice. True justice happens when assumptions of a crime aren’t made based only on the color of the skin. We must continue to rise up against hate, racism and injustice for Ahmaud and so many others.