The murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery is compared to a modern-day lynching By Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She also blasted Donald Trump and the White House’s rhetoric for giving racists permission to act on their beliefs.
“It is heartbreaking. It’s 2020 and this was a lynching of an African-American man,” Bottoms while on CNN’s State of the Union.
“With the rhetoric that we hear coming out of the White House, in so many ways, I think 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,” she added. “I think had we not seen that video, I don’t believe that they would be charged.”
As previously reported, Travis and Gregory McMichael were arrested on Thursday on murder charges, over two months after Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and killed in a Georgia suburb.
Arbery’s mother also believes that her son was “hunted down and killed like an animal.
“I honestly think that if we didn’t get national attention to it, my son’s death would have actually been a cover-up,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said.