Woman Whose Brother and Father Have Been Charged with Murder of Ahmaud Arbery Insists They Are Not Racist Because They ‘Loved’ Her Non-White Boyfriends
Andrew Court and Matthew Wright, Daily Mail, May 17, 2020
A white woman whose brother and father have been charged with murdering black jogger Ahmaud Arbery insists the pair are not racist and says the killing ‘was not a lynching’.
Lindsay McMichael, 30, was inside in her pajamas when her father Gregory, 64, and brother Travis, 34, shot and killed Arbery, 25, down the road from their Brunswick, Georgia home on February 23.
Lindsay told The Sun on Saturday that she does not believe Arbery’s slaying was racially motivated, claiming that her father and brother have ‘loved’ all her non-white boyfriends.
‘I have never dated anyone of the same race since I was 19 years old and my father and my brother have loved every person that I’ve ever dated like they were their own son or brother.
‘These are people that I have brought home, that my sweet mama has cooked for and given everything to’.
Lindsay continued: ‘They’re not monsters. This wasn’t a lynching. Do I think mistakes were made? Absolutely, but look back on your life how many mistakes have you made?’
Gregory and Travis trailed Ahmaud Arbery in their white pick-up truck on February 23, before shooting him. The pair allege they thought Arbery was responsible for robberies in their neighborhood.
Lindsay says she rushed outside when she heard gunshots down the street, and recalled the harrowing scene in her interview with The Sun.
‘I ran out to see what was going on…I had no idea. There was a firefighter I knew so I made a beeline to him and asked, ‘Are my father and brother okay?’ and he said yes.’
Linday says she saw Travis’ clothes splattered with Arbery’s blood, and saw terror in his face.
‘I’ve seen my brother in his happiest moments – I was there when his child was born and I’ve seen him in distress and I know that look… it wasn’t like some glory thing, like ‘I stalked and then got the kill that I was hoping for’.
‘It was absolute f***king panic… I really do believe that things just escalated so fast.’
‘I don’t think it was vigilante justice. Travis had a weapon stolen. My mom’s car had been rifled through. I think they just thought ‘Let’s apprehend this guy’.’
Video footage which showed Gregory and Travis embroiled in a scuffle with Arbery before they fatally shot him sparked national outrage after it was published on social media earlier this month.
Racial tensions in Georgia are running high in the aftermath of murder charges which were filed against Gregory and Travis last week.
Lindsay called for calm in her interview with The Sun, stating: ‘Here in the country of the United States, it is innocent until proven guilty’.
‘I get it that people are angry. But let it all [the complete evidence] come out, please, for the love of God and then we’ll figure things out after that.
‘If things were done that were nefarious or wrong, fine, but let it come out first.’
Linday says that both she and her 61-year-old mom have been subject to violent threats.
Anonymous people have allegedly threatened to ‘murder and rape’ the pair.
‘We’re not not the ones on trial here – my dad and my brother are,’ she stated.