The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence condemns the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery
Washington, DC — The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence condemns the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. A newly released video shows that on February 23, two armed white men pursued Arbery, who was Black, as he was jogging. An altercation ensued, and the men fired shots, killing Arbery. The white men involved were only charged yesterday after a public uproar.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Though the murder of Ahmaud Arbery happened months ago, the release of this video illustrates the persistence of armed racial violence in this country. Early in my legal career, I worked for a civil rights law firm in Mississippi and saw firsthand the intersection between gun violence and racial animus. Since then, I have seen too many of these instances to count. Arbery’s death is heartbreaking, and we can no longer tolerate these injustices.
“Our job now is to work with our community partners to end this pattern of armed racial violence. The way forward is going to come from the people most affected, and we will support these communities in any way possible. It is time for this pattern of racist armed violence to come to an end. While the arrest of these two murderers is a positive step, there is a long road ahead to obtain justice.”
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of African-American and Community Outreach Kayla Hicks issued the following statement:
“Sadly, we all know there is a long history of people of color being murdered by racist individuals with guns, yet as a country, we continue to allow it to happen. Ahmaud Arbery was murdered because two white men decided the color of his skin made him a threat to their community. No crime, no jury, no judge, just systemic racism — plain and simple.
“The ripple effects of racism across this nation put Black communities at risk every day. While addressing the racism that fuels atrocities like Arbery’s murder, policymakers should also address the structural racism and bias that perpetuate poverty, income inequality, underperforming schools, and under-resourced public services in our communities.
“As history continues to repeat itself, it is imperative we are part of the change. We must hold those who commit injustice accountable and engage the next generation of leaders. Working side by side with Black youth and young adults is key to our success in this work. It is our responsibility to uplift our communities daily. There is critical work ahead of us to ensure that our communities are supported and protected, and the only way to do this is together.”