Three suspects indicted on murder charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery

The three suspects in the Ahmaud Arbery case have officially been indicted by a Georgia grand jury on murder chargers, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes announced on Wednesday. Gregory McMichael, 64, Travis McMichael, 34, and William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, all face allegations of malice and felony murder in the Feb. 23 death of Arbery. Ahmaud Arbery, aged 25, was shot and killed in Brunswick, Georgia after being gunned down by the McMichaels. On the afternoon of February 23, 2020, Arbery was jogging through the McMichaels’ neighborhood and they thought…

#BlackLivesMatter: A Trending Hashtag or a Civil Revolution

The black community has always faced criticism when speaking out about the oppressive forces we face in the world. Yet, the music we make, the art and fashion trends we create, and the slang that originated within our communities are heavily used amongst our critics. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Black Lives Matter Movement was founded the following year by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. From the very beginning, this civil rights movement has been condemned by people who say they do not want…

#BlackMentalHealthMatters: Coping With Race-based Traumatic Stress

By now we’ve probably all heard about the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the international protests that followed. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are hurt but not surprised. Their stories are only recent additions to America’s long history of violence against African Americans.  The first viral case of police brutality that I was old enough to actually process was Trayvon Martin in 2012. The news reports paralyzed me. I walked around with this heavy feeling in my chest, I couldn’t control…

The Ahmaud Arbery Case….Where Do We Go From Here? (A Possible Solution)

As I sit here scrolling through the pages of my various social media feeds, I can’t help but to feel the sadness and anger associated with Black life in America. Although technically free, we are boxed in and beat down by the social and economic constraints of a system designed to rob us of our very essence. A system designed to rob us of our souls. Our blackness. Our right to just fucking be. We all have heard the stories. We all have seen the footage. We all have bore…

It’s Open Season on Black Bodies

Ahmaud Arbery isn’t the first Black person to be hunted down and killed by white terrorist. We know about Trayvon because of the 911 call, as we know about Ahmaud because of the subsequent video. However, I know with my entire being that so many more Black people who have been found shot dead with no murder suspects, where killed by white supremacist.