Ahmaud Arbery, Reckless Racism and Hate Crimes: Recklessness as Hate Crime Enhancement
Ekow N. Yankah
Professor of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
In February 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a twenty-five-year-old Black jogger in Georgia, was chased down by a group of armed, White men in trucks, trapped, shot, and killed. His killers pursued Arbery because they suspected him—with no evidence whatsoever—of being behind a string of (unreported) neighborhood robberies. Arbery’s killers had never seen any suspect in those robberies.