Yesterday, Wednesday, May 6th 2020, the video of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery auto-played on my Twitter feed, and I have not been able to get it off my mind. If you have not seen it, I don’t encourage you to seek it out–all you need to know is you can see Ahmaud fight for his life, try to run away after being shot, and then fall lifelessly to the street—that last image is one that I cannot shake. I have tears streaming down my face as I write this–I’m heartbroken for Ahmaud and his family, frustrated that nothing has been done in regards to the men responsible for his death, and sickened to even think about Roman, Leo, or Silas in Ahmaud’s shoes.
I’ve felt helpless–not knowing what I can do to support and not knowing what I can do to help.
Until earlier this week, I hadn’t heard anything about Ahmaud’s death. I typically don’t watch the local news, which would not have brought it to my attention in this scenario, and rely on Twitter for the majority of my news sourcing. Once the video found its way into the public eye, Twitter did what it can do so well, and brought it to the attention of many who had no idea what happened, myself included. Right now, I believe continuing to bring awareness is a way I can help–it’s one way I can contribute to helping Ahmaud receive the justice he deserves. I may not have a huge platform, but I have a platform and I want to use it not only to help people with their finances but also to make the world a better place.
And now that you’ve been made aware…
Below are a few petitions that I’ve signed. To be honest, I don’t know which one is the “right” one, so I signed them all. The petitions are a call for justice for Ahmaud: for the men who shot him to be arrested, for there to be a trial, for conflicts to be removed from the case, and for Ahmaud’s voice to be heard—that’s right, the petition is not for anything abnormal–we’re not talking death penalty requests or an eye-for-an-eye treatment, but for due process.
If you feel so compelled, I’ve included the links below so you can sign the petition(s) as well.
Unfortunately, blog posts like this could be written each day and that’s not where All About Your Benjamins is heading; I have a great blog post about aligning your mission, aka your purpose, with your financial plan that will hopefully be done no later than tomorrow. But today, I felt the need to step out of the normal subject matter to bring awareness to Ahmaud Arbery–which falls in line with my personal mission.
As I mentioned, here are the links to sign the various petitions:
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