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Lawyer representing a man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery says he doesn’t want Black pastors in the courtroom

So, what do you do if you’re William Roddy Bryan, and you’re one of three white men arrested for the murder of a black man named Ahmaud Arbery? Well, if you’re in Glynn County Georgia, and racism is the order of the day, you hire a lawyer like Kevin Gough to say racist things like this:

 

“We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here or other Jesse Jackson–whoever was in here earlier this week, sitting with the victim’s family trying to influence a jury in this case.”

 

Of course, Jesse Jackson was not at the trial, but what difference does it make. If you’re Kevin Gough and you’re representing the good old boy network, all Black pastors look alike. Which offends me because, while I’m not a pastor, I’ve preached a word or two in my day, and I’m pretty sure Al Sharpton—the guy who was in the courtroom, looks nothing like Jesse Jackson, the guy who wasn’t.

 

But that’s not the point, is it? The point is, the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery are supposed to be able to get away with it because in a small southern town, guys like them are supposed to be judged by a jury of their peers, not by nationally known civil rights leaders who can shine an even bigger spotlight on their crime.

 

Bryan’s lawyer said as much when he complained in open court that the jury pool didn’t have enough older white men without college degrees, men he said were “euphemistically known as ‘Bubba’ or ‘Joe Six Pack.'”

 

Let that sink in. The men who killed Ahmaud Arbery want to be judged by old white guys named Bubba—men who might let them go free. But if they can’t get Joe Sixpack a turn on the jury, maybe they can get the jury to turn on Sharpton.

 

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