February 23, 2020, an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, while jogging in his Georgia neighborhood, was fatally shot by a white former police officer and his son.
Reportedly, there were burglaries in the area, and the white former police officer and his son thought Arbery looked like the thief, and so they pursued him with a truck and guns.
Did it matter that Arbery usually jogged five miles a day in this neighborhood — his neighborhood?
Did it matter that as these white “vigilantes” (as some have called them) started to corral Arbery with their truck that he was running down the middle of the road?
It’s not common for criminals to try to escape the scene of the crime by jogging down the middle of the road in plain view.
According to Arbery’s family, the police came to their door implying that he was fatally shot during a burglary. The implication was that Arbery was not a victim, but was the suspect.
Kim Redigan (an MCHR board member) recently addressed the difficulties for school-aged children who are sheltering in place due to COVID-19 in a home that does not have running water.
She talked about the problems for these kids and their families — and the critical need for water service to be re-connected immediately.
Click here to read Kim’s statement.
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights stands in solidarity with the UAW workers in their strike against GM. Read more here.
We stand with the Christchurch Muslim community and our Kiwi friends in their time of mourning and pledge our support.
We encourage people worldwide to provide donations and support to the families of victims as soon as that information becomes available.
This type of violence and the hate that motivates it is unacceptable in any country and people worldwide have a responsibility to stand up and say no.
When Europeans invaded the American continent in the 15th and 16th centuries, they either sought to plunder the wealth of the indigenous population or to establish colonies as an extension of the war capitalism practiced by their competing nation states. To satisfy the need for labor, European settlers imported African slaves in the 17th century, enacting, in the process, a harsh regime of exploitation throughout the colonies. Once these North American colonies achieved their independence through the formation of the United States in the late 18th century, those states continued to engage in war and expansion against the indigenous populations and to enslave people of African descent.