'Not just Black children': Ahmaud Arbery's dad Marcus lauded for saying 'all lives matter'
The grieving father of Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery declared "all lives matter" after a jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan guilty of the murder of his son.
All the three accused were found guilty on multiple charges for killing the 25-year-old Black man when he was out jogging on the streets. The McMichaels shot dead Arbery on February 23, 2020, in Brunswick, Georgia, after chasing him in their truck. Bryan is said to have joined the McMichaels as they chased the victim and helped them trail him. He also filmed the killing on his cellphone that eventually got leaked, sparking national outrage. The jury at Glynn County, Georgia delivered the verdict after more than ten and a half hours of deliberation.
Marcus Arbery spoke to the press on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, November 24, and stressed that no one should suffer his beloved son's fate, regardless of the color of their skin. “For real, all lives matter,” Arbery said as the crowd, including Rev Al Sharpton, nodded in agreement. “Not just Black children, we don’t want to see nobody go through this.” He continued, "I don’t want to see no daddy watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s all our problem. So let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and making this a better place for all human beings. All human beings." The grieving father added, "Love everybody! All human beings need to be treated equally. Today is a good day."
Father of Ahmaud Arbery just now: “ALL lives matter. I don’t want no daddy to watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s ALL our problem. So let’s keep fighting to make this a better place for all human beings. Love everybody! All human beings need to be treated equally.” ❤️👏🏼👑 pic.twitter.com/PlGwBeMlhU— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) November 24, 2021
Social media was inundated with praises for Marcus Arbery after he insisted "all lives matter."
"Ahmaud Arbery’s case PROVES there is justice based on EVIDENCE, not skin color. His father: “All lives matter”. Amen," activist Avi Yemini tweeted.
"Ahmad Arbery’s father: “All Lives Matter”. God bless this man," Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broadrick wrote.
"Ahmaud Arbery’s father with a stunning display of grace after his son was murdered," actor Greg Ellis offered. "A year ago I got vilified by a woke mob for stating ‘ALL Lives Matter.’ Well, you know what, they do. We r 1 human race. All in this together. The woka-cola drinkers r becoming the minority," he added.
"Ahmaud Arbery has a very good family. That is very apparent. I love that his dad said all lives matter and his mom gave thanks to God," journalist Carmine Sabia commented.
"What an unthinkable tragedy. Unfortunately, the left will add misery to the mix because he's now, according to their standards, an Uncle Tom right? That's how they think," former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling chimed in.
Ahmaud Arbery’s case PROVES there is justice based on EVIDENCE, not skin colour.— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) November 24, 2021
His father: “All lives matter”.
Ahmad Arbery’s father: “All Lives Matter”. God bless this man.— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 24, 2021
Ahmaud Arbery’s father with a stunning display of grace after his son was murdered.— Greg Ellis 🏴☠️ (@ellisgreg) November 25, 2021
A year ago I got vilified by a woke mob for stating ‘ALL Lives Matter.’ Well, you know what, they do.
We r 1 human race. All in this together.
The woka-cola drinkers r becoming the minority. https://t.co/nFyHHhjY1C
Ahmaud Arbery has a very good family. That is very apparent. I love that his dad said all lives matter and his mom gave thanks to God.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) November 25, 2021
Arbery's family has steered clear of the politics surrounding the case in the aftermath of his murder. In June last year, Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper publicly appreciated how former President Trump showed compassion and concern to her family and to other families in similar circumstances. “I was very, very emotional throughout the whole conference,” she told Fox News as Trump signed an executive order on police reform. “[Trump] was very compassionate. He showed major concern for all families. Not just one family, but for all families.” She added, “I can say that President Trump was very receiving. He listened and he addressed each and every family accordingly." Trump later tweeted that Arbery’s mother is “a great woman" and that "her son is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!!”
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