President Joe Biden admitted the guilty verdicts of the defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery case, but said it was “not enough” to ensure racial justice in the United States.
Although the guilty verdicts reflect that our justice system is doing its job, that is not enough, ”Biden wrote in a statement after the verdict was announced.
Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed in Georgia while jogging by Travis McMichael, who pursued Arbery, believing he was a burglar. McMichael’s father was also charged and convicted of joining his son in pursuing Arbery as well as a neighbor, William Bryan.
All three defendants in the Arbery case trial were found guilty, despite questions from some media and activists that justice would not be served in the trial by a predominantly white jury.
Biden described Arbery’s murder as a “devastating reminder of how far we must go in the fight for racial justice in this country.”
He called on all Americans to commit to building a future in the United States “where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin.”
“My administration will continue to do the hard work to ensure that equal justice before the law is not just a phrase set in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans,” a- he concluded.
Biden presented Arbery’s death in his 2020 presidential campaign as proof of racial injustice in America, also speaking on the deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor, calling each case proof of ‘original sin Of slavery still having an effect in the United States.