Ahmaud Arbery Was A Victim Of A Hate Crime. Am I Next?
Start writing a post

Ahmaud Arbery Was A Victim Of A Hate Crime. Am I Next?

How much longer will African Americans be killed for their appearance?

Ahmaud Arbery Was A Victim Of A Hate Crime. Am I Next?

On February 23, 2020. Ahmaud Arbery was simply taking a morning job in Brunswick, Georgia. Until two white men saw Ahmaud Arbery, and shot him. These two men thought that he was the neighborhood burglar. He twas only 25 years old. He was loved by his friends and family. Yet, his death are eye openers to the nation about police brutality and hate crimes against African American males and females. Even though segregation has ended a long time ago, people still carry their selves full of hate towards people who are different from them physically. Not knowing the character, but their skin color.

Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Sean Reed, Freddy Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice. May I go on? Let's talk about that fact that this list continues to grow every day. It's to the point where I ask myself, "What's new?" The same hands that built this country, are the same hands we leave in the lives of the police. I do believe that there a re good cops, but I do believe that nothing has changed, other than the removal of a WHITE ONLY sign.

Recent news is that Ahmaud's killers are arrested. But can I be honest? That's not enough. If we rewind to Trayvon Martin's death, George Zimmerman was arrested, but he wasn't convicted. When this case goes to trial, I truly believe that there will be no justice. Why? Because Ahmaud Arbery is gone. He can't see his family. He can't continue living and growing to become better. He's gone.

I'm so tired. I'm so tired of walking out if my house, afraid of not coming back home. I'm tired of people targeting me because of the color of my skin. Every time I look at the news of another African American being killed and brutally assaulted, I ask myself, "Am I next?" But yet, I will always remember my history. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "I have a dream that we will not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of my character." That dream still continues.

The dream still continues, because of ancestors were not hung, raped, beaten, and assaulted for us to stand down. We fight back. Not with guns and violence. But, with our legacy. We continue to run this race by getting our education, continue to work on ourselves. Not following the stereotypes. Not become worse. We fight back with peace. We put our hands up. We continue to run for Ahmaud Arbery, and all the other victims of police brutality and hate crime.

To Ahamud Arbery, you didn't deserve to die. You were simply taking a morning run just like you did every day. You seemed like a beautiful human being. Someone who was willing to work hard and continue to be an example for young African American men and women. Because of you, we will fight for justice and equality.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less
Two teenage girls smiling

The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments