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Chauvin is convicted but the system is still guilty of killing us—by any means they choose

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - APRIL 18: Demonstrators gather outside the governor's mansion for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18, 2021 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis area is making preparations for a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, which is expected later in the week. There have also been several days of protests in the area after the recent shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a suburban Brooklyn Center police officer. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As responses to the three guilty verdicts for Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd roll in, it is imperative that we remember that this conviction is only one small step on the long road to dismantling the systemic racism of our white supremacist criminal injustice system. 

Yes, shed joyful tears. Yes. feel temporary euphoria. Yes, feel Floyd’s death is vindicated, but remember George Floyd is dead, and the cop and his buddies who murdered him live on. Continue to feel the anger and the pain of not just the Floyd family, but for all the family and friends of those we’ve lost and for those future deaths at the hands of police who only serve and protect each other. We know the feelings will come, because until we abolish a racist system that is rotten to the core, Black people will continue to die in disproportionate numbers at the hands of “the law.”  

We should not have to get a guilty verdict only if we have 9 minutes and 29 seconds of video of a murder.

I concur with this tweet from W. Kamau Bell, which he made during the tense waiting period for the verdict to be announced.

This is a stark truth. 

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Remember:

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My take.

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This statement from The Movement for Black Lives is very clear:

Piecemeal police reform efforts have proven ineffective and insufficient.

Let me repeat and highlight one line: “Derek Chauvin is not the exception, but the rule.”

Here is some data that backs up that assertion.

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We have work to do. We must continue to take those steps on the long road toward justice and true reform.

Case in point:

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