VALDOSTA – “My skin color shouldn’t be a death sentence.”
Valdosta resident Sydney Files has always felt this way and, like so many other people, she jogs regularly.
When she heard of the death of Ahmaud Arbery in nearby Brunswick, Files remembered why she always tracks her running routes before heading out.
“I think every black person in America walks with more caution than white people,” Files said. “We aren’t safe. The inherent bias of others puts us at risk in every aspect in life.”
Her feelings of unease only continue to grow as cases such as this one continue to happen across the nation, and now relatively close to home.Continue Reading