Don’t look away

(Warning: graphic video)

Back in my really early blogging days after 9/11, I posted a link to the Daniel Pearl beheading video and wrote that people should watch it, to really see what we were up against. More recently, following the worst shooting rampage in Canadian history, I wrote that we shouldn’t abstain from writing the killer’s name or reporting details about his life. We needed it to really understand the whole story.

And today, I think people should view this video (warning: graphic) of what looks like a modern-day lynching in Georgia – for which the perpetrators have not been indicted two months later:

The killers thought their victim, 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery, had been involved in a robbery and tried to carry out a “citizen’s arrest.” Allahpundit, no bleeding-heart liberal, explains how this made absolutely no sense under state law:

…There’s no reason why the McMichaels should have confronted Arbery even if he’s guilty of everything they suspect him of. They’re not cops. They didn’t personally witness him commit any crime. The risk that they would misidentify an innocent man as a criminal was perfectly foreseeable, especially to a former cop like McMichael. They should have called the sheriff, who could have stopped Arbery lawfully and used the surveillance video mentioned in the police report to determine if he really was the burglary suspect they’re looking for. Why didn’t they do that?

If they can get away with this then the “citizen’s arrest” statute is license for legalized vigilantism. Indict them.

I’ll admit it: I often roll my eyes when people start going on about “white privilege.” But when you see two white men do something like this and not get immediately indicted, well, what else can you call it?

Not surprisingly, since the video went viral, people are pronouncing that Georgia and the American South haven’t changed much since the days of Emmett Till, whose brutal killing happened within living memory of people who live there. Till’s murderers walked away free from a grand jury. Hopefully, the grand jury to be convened in Arbury’s case will be more successful.

Personally, I’ve been to the South several times and enjoyed every minute. I’ve long said that if I had to move to the United States, I’d start looking for properties in Nashville. But then again, it’s not my ancestors who were legally second-class citizens there even after the Kennedy assassination.

Even for those of us who love the food, the music and the stock car racing, that region’s darker side is never far from memory. I hope and pray that the state of Georgia in 2020 shows us that it really has a justice system, not just a legal system.