Ahmaud Arbery Killers Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Photo: AP [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Mon. a federal court sentenced father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, to life in prison for a federal hate crime in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man, in 2020.

    • A third defendant, William "Roddie" Bryan, was sentenced later in the day to 35 years imprisonment for recording the murder on his cell phone.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This wasn't an isolated event, but rather points to a bigger issue of systemic racism in the US. While the sentencing is a step in the right direction to holding the McMichaels accountable, much more needs to be done in order to reform the system and prevent other such tragedies from occurring.

    Right narrative

    This is another tragic event that the media has manipulated to further divide America along racial lines. The actions of three men - which have been condemned by all on both sides of the political spectrum - doesn't represent America or its system.

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