Following the guilty verdict handed down to his son's killers, Ahmaud Arbery's father gave a passionate speech wherein he declared that "all lives matter."
On Wednesday, the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers came to an end, with all three defendants being found guilty of murder. Outside the courtroom, surrounded by friends, family, and supporters, Arbery's father delivered a speech.
"We conquered that lynch mob," Mr. Arbery said, "We got that lynch mob. They're here still today, lettin' you know that black kid lives don't matter."
"For real, all lives matter," he continued. "Not just black children; we don't wanna see nobody go through this. I don't wanna see no daddy watch their kid get lynched or shit down like that, so it's our problem. It's all our problem."
"So hey, let's keep fighting. Let's keep doin' it and making this place a better place for all human beings. All human beings; everybody."
"Love everybody," Mr. Arbery concluded. "All human beings need to be treated equally. We finna conquer this lynching. Today is a good day."
The crowd applauded as Mr. Arbery left the stage, shouting "Amen."
The result of the Arbery trial has been lauded by people across the political spectrum as an indication that America's courts can still deliver justice. Even though his son was murdered, Mr. Arbery used his platform to instill a message of hope and unity across the United States.