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The Murders Of Ahmaud Arbery & Breonna Taylor Finally Receive National Media Attention

People protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, on Friday, May 8, 2020, in Brunswick, Georgia.

  On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was murdered by two white men while he was out for a jog in his hometown of Brunswick, Georgia. Three months later, a video surfaced and the men were finally arrested.

On March 13, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was sleeping in her home in Louisville, Kentucky when police officers barged in and shot her. According to a lawsuit filed by Taylor's family, Louisville Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at the wrong home. Her family is demanding justice and answers. 

Why has it taken so long for these murders to receive national media attention? How are black men and women coping with the trauma they experience from seeing these videos and murders? How are they responding to injustice? 


Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old black teen who was killed by a white man in a gas station parking lot on November 23, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida -- Jordan's story is told in the documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Gregory Hampton, senior and student athlete at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, and youth leader with YOUTH ALIVE!'s Teens on Target program

Seven Curley, senior at Fremont High School in East Oakland and youth leader with YOUTH ALIVE!'s Teens on Target program 

Web Resources: 

NY Times: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting: A Timeline of the Case

NY Times: Protests, Calls for Justice in Georgia Over Ahmaud Arbery Killing 

Lousiville Courier Journal: Who was Breonna Taylor? What to know about the Louisville EMT shot and killed by police

The Atlantic, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

Outside Magazine, Alison Mariella Desir: Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World

The Guardian: Ahmaud Arbery: prosecutors under investigation over handling of killing