The video of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man jogging in Glynn County in southeast Georgia, is a stark reminder in that racial hatred still exist in 2020. In the video, Ahmaud crosses in front of a truck with two white men holding guns and a struggle ensues. Three gunshots are fired, Arbery begins to run away and falls to the ground, he is dead.
In a separate incident, TMZ released a video from a 2017 encounter with Ahmaud Arbery and the police in Glynn County. The video of Ahmaud getting frisked and patted down by cops in 2017 shines a light on the Glynn County PD’s attitude toward black people … keeping in mind Gregory McMichael, one of the shooters, was once a member of that force. As in most all criminal cases like this one, there is much more to the story here.
So where are we in race relations in America? More than four-in-ten say the country hasn’t made enough progress toward racial equality, and there is some skepticism, particularly among blacks, that black people will ever have equal rights with whites. This Voice of a Nation episode is unique as it combines law enforcement, black America and excellent analysis on the Ahmaud Arbery story and racial progress in the nation.
Lt Joseph Pangaro, retired police lieutenant, Director of School Security and host of Chasing Justice. Ron Edwards, columnist, and talk show host on the network in a 90 sec feature called The Edwards Notebook. Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst, political commentator and host.