In rural Georgia and across the nation, we are mourning the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery was shot dead during a confrontation some two months ago on the streets of Brunswick, Georgia. The altercation, which involved a father and son couple who stopped the young man while he was jogging, ended in tragedy, and many have had trouble refraining from adding a racial twist to the tale.
Now the Mayor of Georgia’s capital city is weighing in on the case, and blasting President Donald Trump in the process.
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addressed unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery being chased and shot dead allegedly by two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael in Georgia on February 23.
Host Jake Tapper said, “The shooting happened back on February 23. Authorities had possession of a now-viral video of the shooting from the beginning. But the murder charges were not filed until this past week after the video emerged online and shocked and outraged millions of Americans. Do you think that the two men were only charged because the video became public?”
Then came the clincher:
Lance Bottoms said, “I think that’s absolutely the reason that they were charged. I think had we not seen that video, I don’t believe that they would be charged. And it’s heartbreaking that it’s 2020. This was a lynching of an African-American man. And I think that, you know, my heart goes out to his family. But I think, again, it’s a part of this bigger issue that we are having in this country with the rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House in so many ways, I think that many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way that we otherwise would not see in 2020.”
Lance Bottoms has also been in a much more subtle conflict with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp regarding the reopening of the Peach State’s economy, with the two publicly bickering over the appropriate timeline for such a move.