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In the United States, injustice is built into the system

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30.11.2021

Commentary. From Ahmaud Arbery to Malcolm X, judicial apartheid towards Blacks is an unavoidable constant in American history.

written by Luca Celada

Topic U.S. Politics

LOS ANGELES

November 30, 2021

On the steps of the Georgia courthouse where her son’s killers were convicted, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother thanked God for the verdict she never imagined she would see handed down.

It is a statement that may seem strange to anyone who has seen the video, filmed by the executioners themselves, which documents how the young African American jogger was hunted in a pickup truck by three white men who then shot him point-blank because they suspected him of wrongdoing.

But the relief with which the verdict was received was welcomed not only by the family, but by civilized America and by the African Americans who followed the trial with bated breath. It belies the measure of the trepidation as the country faces deeply rooted and agitated ghosts in recent years from the racist resurgence.

The Arbery verdict came in fact a couple of days after the one that acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenage vigilante who killed two anti-racist protesters in Wisconsin after having appointed himself as Kenosha’s defender and went to “patrol” that Wisconsin city carrying an AR-15.

That sentence........

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