For all the division that folks on the left were pitching in both cases, the juries were able to sift through it all and come to the correct decisions. That's as it should be, despite all the political narratives being pushed.
It was something — after having gone through so much — that the father of Ahmaud Arbery gave a speech that was full of grace, that we all should take to heart. He called on people to put aside the division, to embrace a little more love, saying, that indeed, “All lives matter.”
AHMAUD ARBERY’S FATHER: "All lives matter, not just blacks. We don't wanna see nobody go through this…It's all our problem. So hey, let's keep fighting, let's keep doing it, & making this place a better place for all human beings — all human beings. Everybody. Love everybody." pic.twitter.com/E6CNUWv8Pp
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“All lives matter, not just blacks,” Arbery told the media Wednesday after the verdict. “We don't wanna see nobody go through this. I don't want to see no daddy watch their kid get shot down like that. So it's all our problem. It's all our problem. So hey, let's keep fighting, let's keep doing it, and making this place a better place for all human beings, all human beings. Everybody. Love everybody. All human beings need to be treated equally.”
It's a point you would think everyone could embrace — something upon which we all should be able to agree.
Yet, to folks on the radical left, “all lives matter” is a cardinal no-no that will cause a meltdown. Their argument is that saying that phrase is somehow diminishing of black lives. That's an argument I never could understand, since it's implicit within it that indeed “all lives matter.” How does saying “all lives matter” diminish anyone? It lifts everyone up. What it does encourage is unity, and that's something that those who traffic in division can't have.
If you take another look behind Arbery and his inspiring words, it looks like there's another tableau going on. You can see after a couple of perfunctory “Amens” from Ben Crump, there appears to be consternation from Crump as his hand goes to his face. Then, the person right behind Arbery says something to Crump, after which you can see Crump putting his hand on Arbery as though to draw his remarks to a close. You can see Crump exchange a look with Sharpton who appears to be about to step in and the video ends. It sure looked like they wanted to bring what Arbery was saying to a close, that he was going outside of the narrative. What would happen if everyone actually believed that “all lives matter?” That would put the folks pitching division out of business.
But there are more folks who think like Marcus Arbery than there are who embrace radical division. There are far more who will stand for justice — for all — than there are who will not.
What better thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving than that we still can have love and justice prevail this week and bring comfort to this family that has been through so much.