Ahmaud Arbery’s father said “all lives matter” soon after a jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan “guilty” of his son’s murder.
Speaking on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, Marcus Arbery said his son’s murder shouldn’t happen to anyone, whether black or white.
“For real, all lives matter,” Arbery said as the crowd, including Reverend Al Sharpton, nodded in agreement. “Not just black kids, we don’t want to see anyone go through this.” He went on to say:
I don’t want to see daddy watch his kid get shot like that. This is our whole problem. So let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and make this place a better place for all human beings. All human beings. Love everyone! All human beings must be treated equally. Today is a good day.
Ahmaud Arbery’s father earlier: “ALL lives matter. I don’t want daddy to watch his kid get shot like that. This is ALL our problem. So let’s keep fighting to make it a better place for all human beings. Love everyone! All human beings should be treated equally. ❤️👏🏼👑 pic.twitter.com/PlGwBeMlhU
– Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) November 24, 2021
As Joel Pollack noted earlier, Ahmaud Arbery’s family has stayed away from the politics of division in the aftermath of his assassination, having previously met former President Trump and even granted interviews to Breitbart. News.
“Although the trial became racist and politically charged, it was not initially; Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt spoke frequently with Breitbart News and acknowledged that then-President Donald Trump had been helpful in this case, ”Pollack noted.
In June of last year, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, publicly appreciated the compassion and concern former President Trump has shown to his family and other families under similar circumstances.
“I was very, very moved throughout the conference,” she told Fox News after Trump signed his executive order on police reform. “[Trump] was very compassionate. He showed a major concern for all families. Not just a family, but for all families.
“I can say that President Trump was very welcoming. He listened and he addressed each family accordingly, ”she added.
President Trump then tweeted that Arbery’s mother was “A GREAT woman.”
” A great woman. His son looks up from the sky and is very proud of his wonderful and loving mom !!! ” he tweeted.