Warnock: 'True justice' is a Black man not having to worry about being killed while jogging

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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) reacted to the verdict in the trial over the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Twitter Wednesday, saying that although he agrees with the outcome, it does not represent "true justice."

"This verdict upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice," Warnock said in a tweet. "True justice looks like a Black man not having to worry about being harmed — or killed — while on a jog, while sleeping in his bed, while living what should be a very long life."

"I'm grateful to the jury for their service and for a verdict that says Ahmaud Arbery's life mattered," the senator continued in a second tweet. "He was a son, a nephew, a child of God, and he did not deserve to die in this way."

Warnock's comments come after the Georgia jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan guilty of multiple counts of murder.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also reacted to the verdict, saying in a statement that "justice has been served."

"This story — although devastating — is not new; we’ve seen this play out repeatedly. Vigilantes acting with racial animus take the lives of Black men and boys, and claim self-defense when confronted with the consequences of their action," she said. "Justice has been served. However, there is still much to work to be done."

Shackletainment on November 24th, 2021 at 22:43 UTC »

I'm a motorsports fan. This reminds me of a quote from Bill Lester, who at the time was going to run his first Cup Series race. In doing so, Lester would be the first black driver in a long time to compete in the top level of NASCAR. When asked about the significance, Lester replied [paraphrasing here] That this is a step in the right direction, but true progress won't have happened until the point where being a black driver is no longer noteworthy enough to comment on.

Conversation_Folding on November 24th, 2021 at 21:17 UTC »

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

humVEEE3432 on November 24th, 2021 at 20:52 UTC »

It took 77 frigging days for these murders to even be charged.

And without the video, they likely would not have been charged.