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Statement of GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu on the Death of Ahmaud Arbery

GLAD joins in celebrating the life and mourning the death of Ahmaud Arbery. 

As our hearts go out to Ahmaud’s family, friends and community, we also join in the collective outrage at the persistence of racist, hate-motivated violence that led to his untimely death. We join the call for accountability for a system that once again dismissed the death of a young black man and allowed the two white men who took his life to avoid responsibility until a public outcry made it impossible to do so. 

GLAD joins in solidarity with all those working to uproot the racist and white supremacist rot that remains embedded in the structures of our society and manifests again and again in a coarse disregard for black life. Our work for true justice for all LGBTQ people and people living with HIV is not possible without our work for racial justice, today and every day.