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RESPONSES TO THE MURDER STATEMENTS OF THREE WHITE MEN ON THE DEATH OF AHMAUD ARBERY

US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IN STATEMENT

“Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this heinous crime will be punished. While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Therefore, we must re-engage in building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin.”

EDIKER AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, OUTSIDE COURTHOUSES IN BRUNSWICK, GEORGI

“Let word go out around the world that a jury of 11 whites and one black in the Deep South stood up in court and said black lives do matter.”

BRIAN KEMP, GOVERNOR OF GEORGI, IN A STATEMENT

“Ahmaud Arbery was the victim of a vigilante group that has no place in Georgia. As legal efforts continue to hold accountable anyone who may be responsible, we hope that the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state and those in the entire country who are following his cause can now embark on a path of healing and reconciliation.”

STACEY ABRAMS, FORMER GEORGI GUBERNATORIUM CANDIDATE, ON TWITTER

“A jury believed the evidence of their eyes and saw the meanness in the hearts of the murderers. May this verdict bring a small measure of peace to the family and loved ones of #AhmaudArbery.”

CHRIS CARR, ADVOCATE GENERAL FOR GEORGI, ON TWITTER

“The loss of Ahmaud Arbery was a tragedy that should never have happened. Today’s ruling brings us one step closer to justice, healing and reconciliation for Ahmaud’s family, community, state and nation.”

BENJAMIN CRUMP, ARBERY’S FATHER’S LAWYER, IN A STATEMENT

“After nearly two years of pain, suffering and questioning whether Ahmaud’s killers will be held accountable, the Arbery family finally has justice.”

US SENATOR RAPHAEL WARNOCK ON TWITTER

“This verdict confirms a sense of responsibility, but not real justice. Real justice looks like a black man who doesn’t have to worry about harm – or getting killed – while jogging, while sleeping in his bed while he lives what a very long life.”

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS CHAIR JOYCE BEATTY IN A STATEMENT

“This story – while devastating – is not new; we have seen this play out repeatedly. Vigilantes who act with racial hostility take the lives of black men and boys and demand self-defense when faced with the consequences of their action. Justice has served. However, there is still a lot of work to be done.”

ANDREA YOUNG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN UNION CIVIL FREEDOMS IN A STATEMENT

“In their verdict, the jury rejected Jim Crow’s remnant and the assertion of white supremacy that was central to this case.”

WOMAN NIKEMA WILLIAMS, CHAIR OF GEORGI’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IN A STATEMENT

“While these statements are a step toward accountability, they will not bring back Ahmaud or the countless other lives we have lost at the hands of white supremacy. We must redouble our efforts to fight hate.”

BERNICE KING, DAUGHTER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, ON TWITTER

“#AhmaudArbery should be here. The McMichaels and Bryan are indeed guilty of taking his life for no other reason than that he is black. I pray for and think of Ahmaud’s family, including his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones , which is in right now she still misses her son.”

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