Take a Look at How Newsweek Tried to ‘Wokeify’ the Poignant, Unifying Words of Ahmaud Arbery’s Father

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Earlier this week, we learned that the jury in the case of murdered Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery, 25, came back with guilty verdicts for all three people charged in his death: Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan.


Not long after the verdicts were read in the courtroom, family members and friends of Mr. Arbery spoke outside the courtroom, with Arbery’s father Marcus Arbery Sr. (pictured above on the right) providing the most poignant words to the crowd assembled on the family’s behalf, as we previously reported:

“All lives matter, not just blacks. We don’t wanna see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get shot down like that. So it’s all our problem. It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting, let’s keep doing it, and making this place a better place for all human beings, all human beings. Everybody. Love everybody. All human beings need to be treated equally.”

For those who missed his comments, watch below:

It was a much-needed unifying moment in the aftermath of not just the trial over his son’s murder but also in the aftermath of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the latter of which liberals tried to make about race although Rittenhouse’s case had nothing to do with race (the three people he shot were white).


Unfortunately, Newsweek reporter Khaleda Rahman didn’t find Marcus Arbery Sr.’s words woke enough, so she took it upon herself to try and “wokeify” what he said, writing an entire piece explaining that Ahmaud Arbery’s father did not actually say “all lives matter.” What did she conclude he said? “All life matter”:

“We conquered that lynch mob,” he said outside the Glynn County Courthouse. “We got that lynch mob… letting you know that Black kid’s life don’t matter.

“For real, all life matter, not just Black children. We don’t want to see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get lynched or shot down like that. So, it’s all our problem. It’s all our problem.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who realizes that whether he said “all lives matter” or “all life matter,” both mean the same thing in the context of his overall message, which was that no family should have to go through what Ahmaud Arbery and his family went through, regardless of their skin color.

So with that in mind, what was the point in writing the crazy piece in the first place?

Rahman made sure to point out exactly why she wrote it: because uttering “all lives matter” fauxfends Black Lives Matter activists and their supporters:


Some outlets and reporters have misquoted Marcus Arbery Sr., however, suggesting he used a controversial slogan that is associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.

This is one of the worst pieces of “woke journalism” I’ve ever seen, and I have seen quite a bit in my time as a media analyst. Newsweek should be ashamed they allowed this one to go up, but I won’t hold my breath waiting on them to pull it. Like other formerly respectable news publications, they’ve also gone down the rabbit hole of “woke newsrooms” in recent years, further demonstrating that all hope is likely lost for modern journalism to right the ship.

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