Richard Demsick Wiki – Richard Demsick Biography
Richard Demsick is a white former pastor who ran more 2.23 miles clutching a flat-screen TV to prove that the colour of his skin was enough to protect him from meeting the same fate as an unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, was shot dead while jogging in February after being chased by two men: Gregory and Travis McMichael, who said he looked like a break-in suspect.
He decided to prove that on Friday as part of the #IRunWithMaud movement, a virtual protest in honor of what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday.
“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,” Demick told Insider. He said he thought: “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.”
Richard Demsick Age
He is 34 years old.
Richard Demsick on #IRunWithMaud movement.
When Richard Demsick learned of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, he immediately thought about the privilege he had as a white man.
In a video that trended after Arbery’s death, the McMichaels could be seen pursuing Arbery in their truck while Arbery ran. Travis McMichael left the truck holding a gun and, after a brief struggle, Arbery was dead. The McMichaels later told the police they believed Arbery resembled a man behind a string of residential break-ins. They were charged with murder last week.
Demsick, 34, a former pastor in Vero Beach, Florida, said he felt that it didn’t matter what he wore or how “suspicious” he looked — his whiteness alone was enough to protect him from meeting the same fate as Arbery.
So he did.
On Friday, Demsick ran 2.23 miles through his neighborhood while carrying a flat-screen TV.
Richard Demsick TikTok Video
He posted the video on TikTok that has garnered over a million views. In the video, he said, “All right, 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. Someone’s going to stop me now, for sure, cause if not, what was the problem with Ahmaud?”
In another video he made on Mother’s Day, he asked his mom if she was scared for him during his experimental jog, if she thought the cops would be called to which she replied no. He replied, “Huh, I wonder why that is”.
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