Rinse, wash, repeat.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. 

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down their street.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often. The 911 operator asked the pair what Ahmaud was doing that was of criminal concern.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often. The 911 operator asked the pair what Ahmaud was doing that was of criminal concern. They responded that “he’s a Black man running down our road.”

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often. The 911 operator asked the pair what Ahmaud was doing that was of criminal concern. They responded that “he’s a Black man running down our road.” Ahmaud’s mother was incorrectly told by police that he was a burglar and had gotten into a confrontation with the homeowner.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often. The 911 operator asked the pair what Ahmaud was doing that was of criminal concern. They responded that “he’s a Black man running down our road.” Ahmaud’s mother was incorrectly told by police that he was a burglar and had gotten into a confrontation with the homeowner. According to one district attorney, who had to recuse themself from the case, the McMichaels acted in self-defense.

Black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood, by two white men who chased him down; who say they believed him to fit the description of a burglar. They first called 911, after seeing him jog down the street; something he did often. The 911 operator asked the pair what Ahmaud was doing that was of criminal concern. They responded that “he’s a Black man running down our road.” Ahmad’s mother was incorrectly told by police that he was a burglar and had gotten into a confrontation with the homeowner. According to one district attorney, who had to recuse themself from the case, the McMichaels acted in self-defense. Ahmauds murderers were Gregory McMichael, former police officer, and his son Travis McMichael. They have not been charged.

Every time I hear of an unarmed Black person being murdered, I pause. Whatever I’m doing, I pause. I sigh, I get angry, I’m sad for their family, I feel helpless; as varying and intense the range of emotions are, it’s important that I feel. Because as a society, we’ve normalized violence, to an extent. Because violence is so prevalent. Because our society is generally apathetic to the pain and suffering of Black people. And certainly desensitized to Black bodies being maimed and killed. Because I know that as the “investigation” begins, if it begins, there will be every attempt to excuse the murder of Ahmaud; for that is our way.

And honestly, it’s already begun. Did you peep that Gregory and Travis McMichael are still uncharged? Perhaps it’s because Gregory is a former cop, or maybe it’s just good old fashioned white privilege; but if the roles were reversed, Ahmaud would be sitting in a jail cell right now. Of that, we can all be fairly certain.

I was surprised that there was no media attempt to smear his character, which is really just to make his death seem deserved. No random note or release of information that in the second grade he stole Kim’s pencil? Could it be? Sadly, unsurprisingly, I just needed to wait a bit. First, it came out that in high school, he may have been caught stealing. Then it came out that he forgot to remove his gun from his waistband when entering a gun-free zone, 6 years ago. None of which, have anything to do with his murder. 

I’m just tired, y’all. And not just of the cases that make big news, which pale in comparison to the frequency of cases that don’t make the news. The ones that hit closer to home. That are only known and spoken about locally in hushed tones. I’m tired of inaction, of sweeping it under the rug, of indictments and arrests that are just for show, trials that end in “not guilty” verdicts or “guilty” verdicts that result in probation or just a few months in jail; just to placate the Black masses. I’m tired, but today, I feel. 

Until the next time. 

And the charade starts all over again.

Rinse, wash, repeat.

janay

When JanayB isn’t posting memes, scrolling through “wokebook” posts, ordering food and otherwise being your typical millennial, you can find her here destroying white tears and basking in her unapologetic blackness. Get in touch with her at JanayBsays@gmail.com.

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