Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms compared the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February to lynchings in the Jim Crow-era South and said that President Trump’s rhetoric give racists “permission to do it in an overt way.”
Bottoms’ comments, made during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” come just days after a white father and son were charged with the February shooting death of Arbery as he was running through a Georgia neighborhood.
“It’s 2020 and this was a lynching of an African-American man,” Bottoms said. “My heart goes out to the family.”
“With the rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House,” she added, “many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way we wouldn’t see in 2020.”
Conservative commentators like Candace Owen’s has pointed out their are 2 sides to every story.
“I looked at a picture of that young man. He was in a tuxedo … I will say that that looks like a really good young guy,” Trump said to Fox and Friends.
The left continues to push the racism narrative as usual and it continues to gain steam. The NAACP have already commented.
“The modern-day lynching of Mr. Arbery is yet another reminder of the vile and wicked racism that persists in parts of our country,”- Rev. James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP.
“The slothfulness and inaction of the judicial system, in this case, is a gross testament to the blatant white racial privileges that permeates throughout our country and our institutions.”