White Man Carries A TV During His 2.23-Mile #RunWithMaud To Make A Point About Ahmaud Arbery's Killing
“If you’re a white person trying to put yourself in Black people’s shoes, you’re just a white person in a Black person’s shoes,” Richard Demsick said.
May 12, 2020 at 1:20 pm
Thousands of supporters ran 2.23 miles on Friday to honor 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery's memory after he was shot and killed by a Georgia family in February. A Florida man who participated in the run over the weekend saw it as an opportunity to send a message to those criminalizing the late Arbery.
According to the Business Insider, 34-year-old Richard Demsick decided to carry a television with him on the #IRunWithMaud jog to illustrate how his whiteness could be used to insulate him from life-threatening scenarios Arbery and other Black men have experienced in this country.
As Blavity previously reported, Arbery's high school football coach urged people to come together in honor of the late former athlete by completing a 2.23-mile run, a number symbolizing the date on which he was killed, and post it to social media channels with the hashtag #IRunWithMaud.
“I just started crying when I just saw this poor young man running – as I have thousands of times in my life – get shot down,” Demsick told Business Insider.
He added that he realized he had a certain privilege just by participating in the memorial jog.
“Maybe I should run with a TV to show that being a suspicious character isn’t enough that someone should be shot down. Being a white person, that’s just not going to happen to me," he said of his thoughts prior to his run.
Demsick posted videos of himself wielding a TV while jogging to social media and said he has received an influx of love for making his run personal and symbolic.
"Alright, I figured it out. I've got my hat on backward, I'm shirtless like I'm on some episode of 'Cops,' I'm running with a TV," he said in a video. "Someone's going to stop me now, for sure. Because, if not, what was the problem with Ahmaud?"