Oklahoma City University’s virtual graduation ceremony was cut short when someone posted a racial slur and a swastika.
Dameon Shepard repeatedly tried to point out to the group that they had the wrong house and that a yard sign out front explicitly congratulated “Dameon” on his high school graduation, to no avail.
The image of a free Black man has always symbolized a threat to the status quote, a truth the late James Baldwin illustrated in The Fire Next Time decades ago when he wrote…
“When I tried to breathe, I found chains holding my throat, preventing me from catching my breath. I felt the crushing weight of white supremacy, forcing itself on my body,” Gary Hardie from Citizen Ed says.
“In seeking to understand what was different, I tried thinking through a few possible reasons why this particular killing [of Ahmaud Arbery] caused so many people to speak up,” Saralyn Olson from Bixby, Oklahoma said.
“This murderous father and son duo took the law into their own hands. It’s a travesty of justice that they enjoyed their freedom for 74 days after taking the life of a young black man who was simply jogging,” Attorney Benjamin Crump said.
“These men were vigilantes, they were a posse, and they performed a modern lynching in the middle of the day,” said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Arbery’s mother.