Following the verdict of the three men who killed his son for wrongly believing he was the person that conducted multiple break-ins in the area, Marcus Arbery delivered a powerful message of racism.
“For real, all lives matter, not just black children,” said Marcus Arbery, father of Ahmaud Arbery, the Daily Wire reported, “we don’t want to see nobody go through this.”
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was fatally shot on Feb. 23 last year. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, three men were found guilty of his murder.
He caught the attention of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael as he jogged through their neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, on that day. They wrongfully identified him as a burglar responsible for several events in the area; they pursued the man and killed him, together with a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who joined in the chase and recorded the tragic moment.
Arbery’s shooting became one of the most high-profile legal actions that fueled racial injustice outcry and the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S.
When the three men involved in the killing of the 25-year-old received their verdict, crowds could be heard cheering for justice. Initially, they were not detained for his death three months after the incident occurred until the footage of the killing emerged, according to The Independent.
“I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get [inaudible] or shot down like that,” said Marcus Arbery after the verdict.
The grieving father reminded listeners that all races should be respected.
“So, it’s all our problem,” he continued. “It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting and let’s keep doing it and making this place a better place for all human beings, all human beings, everybody. Love everybody. All human beings need to be treated equally.”
“Marcus Arbery, father of Ahmaud, who was senselessly murdered, had every reason to give an angry & vindictive speech, & he would have been applauded for doing so,” tweeted journalist Michael Shellenberger, who shared the elder Arbery’s speech.
“Instead he affirmed his faith in the Kingian vision of racial equality, and in so doing restores our faith in America,” he added.