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Trial for Arbery killing has thrust darkness of gun-wielding American soul into light

Robin Givhan


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Attorney Lee Merritt holds a poster depicting Ahmaud Arbery outside Glynn County Courthouse. Photo: Reuters/Marco Bello

Attorney Lee Merritt holds a poster depicting Ahmaud Arbery outside Glynn County Courthouse. Photo: Reuters/Marco Bello

Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, is seen outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Joshua Lott

Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, is seen outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Joshua Lott

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Attorney Lee Merritt holds a poster depicting Ahmaud Arbery outside Glynn County Courthouse. Photo: Reuters/Marco Bello

The only thing Ahmaud Arbery had with him as he ran through the streets of Satilla Shores was optimism. He had no weapons. Most everyone else on the scene seems to have had an entire arsenal.

The three white men convicted yesterday in Brunswick, Georgia, of killing Arbery carried with them the misguided certainty that the young black man running through their neighbourhood was up to no good.


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