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Let's Not View Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Through PC Lens

Let's Not View Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Through PC Lens

Fri. May 8, 2020. A rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick Ga. Georgia's attorney general has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Arbery. (John Bazemore/AP)

By Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Your alarm clock blares its 6 o'clock morning reveille with the voices of local news radio.

You hear a newscaster's  voice, doing a rundown of the overnight top news stories.

Several catch your ear. 

You hear there were three downtown shootings, the fifth for the week, an off-campus college co-ed assault, a spate of home invasions, and one horrific case of domestic violence, leaving three fatherless kids orphaned by their mother’s death by murder.

Ironically, in all cases, the perpetrators were not identified.

You take pride in being logical, with a fairly well-read, clear-eyed regard for crime statistics, as well as the legal tenet of innocent, until proven guilty; however, and try as you might, you can’t beat back mental image of young men’s faces.

Black faces.

Is it because you believe all young black men are criminals?

Or, is it because more than half of the country’s murders and violent crimes are statistically more likely to be committed by young black men?

In fact, you likely would bet your neighbor’s house and their three ill-mannered kids that you are right about whom you’d name as the presumptive suspect.

You get the point.

With last February came another strain on the country’s over-taxed racial divides, when, in the southern Georgia town of Brunswick, a white father-son duo, Gregory and Travis McMichael, chased down and fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man.

True to form, the spring-loaded blame of racism quickly emerged as the theoretical premeditation behind Arber’s gunslaying, due to the correlation between Arbery’s race and a black stereotype.

Quite possibly that very well could have been the case; however, is the racism stereotype due to Arbery’s race, or is it because the McMichaels, themselves, suffer correlating with a stereotype — two white men. not helping matters, they are from the South, well, let’s be honest, whose physical appearance doesn’t cut a jib to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger"?

Emotions are running high, as Arbery’s tragedy devolves into another crisis not to be wasted by the likes of Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

She has unashamedly placed blame at the Oval Office threshold, using inflammatory language this was far worse than any attributions to President Trump when she, Bottoms, asserts that the President’s rhetoric triggered a modern day lynching. (Bottoms, 2020)

A lynching? Really?

If you are black and elected to reside within one of the country’s urban self-segregated, southside sanctums, dare to ask yourself, under different circumstances, what was it about that ill-fated shooting that could very well have put you behind those guns?

And, when listening to a news crime report, violent crime, in particular, how many times have you automatically, intuitively, and prematurely presumed that the crime suspects were Japanese or Chinese, German, Swedish, Thai, Eskimo, Polinesian, or Portugese?

Again, you get the point.

"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps... then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved."

That was a quote from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who, in this quote, like it or not, only channeled the closeted sentiment of the country’s majority — black, as well.

If we are to retain any modicum of respect, it's imperative that our perspectives inure to the facts presented, avoiding politically correct hyperbole, even if the facts are core to the most inconvenient of truths; else, the wolf is certain to appear, someday, and our cries will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.

First should come shame, if pride is to have standing.

Mind Over Chatter . . . Inspiring Logic.

Milt Thomas grew up on a South-Georgia farm, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism, and received his MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. After a career as an executive with Cox Broadcasting, WSB-TV, Home Depot, and The Coca Cola Company, he is working to launch a new tech startup to rival social media and elevate the internet's entire quality experience. He has written and self-published his first book, "Black, Dumb and Barefoot...And Knocked Up By the Democrats." Milt makes his home in the Atlanta Metro. Read Milt Thomas' Reports — More Here.

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Emotions are running high, as Arbery’s tragedy devolves into another crisis not to be wasted by the likes of Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:43 PM
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