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