The mayor of Atlanta said the White House is partially responsible for the conditions that led to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed by two white men while out for a jog in late February. The two men involved the shooting, Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, were not arrested until Thursday because they told prosecutors they acted in self-defense while attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of Arbery, whom they suspected was responsible for recent burglaries in the area.
The situation has stirred up frustrations about racism in the United States. During a Sunday interview on CNN, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tied Arbery’s murder and racism in the country to the “rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House.”
“It’s heartbreaking that it’s 2020 and 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,” she said.
“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, because you have to remember, Jake, you know, in cities across this country, even if local leadership fails, there was always the backstop of our Justice Department to step in and make sure that people are appropriately prosecuted,” she continued. “But we don’t have that leadership at the top right now.”
Bottoms called the situation “disheartening” and said she fears for her three sons to be growing up in the U.S, adding, “It speaks to the need to have leadership at the top that cares for all of our communities and not just in words, but in deeds, as well.”
President Trump called the killing of Arbery “very disturbing” and said that he trusted the state of Georgia and Gov. Brian Kemp to ensure justice is achieved.
Bottoms has been floated as a running mate for Vice President Joe Biden in 2020. Several prominent Democrats, including House Whip Jim Clyburn, have said she would be a good fit as a running mate.
Author: Madison Dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: Atlanta mayor ties ‘rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House’ to killing of Ahmaud Arbery