Today has been a hallmark in history as we made a sigh of relief that Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. The jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges–second degree unintentional murder, third-degree and second-degree manslaughter. As the earth shook with cheer from the verdict, the cut still stings because a life was still lost and we cannot bring him back. Blinders were snatched off our eyes as watched that fateful George Floyd plead for his life.
Lizzo and a host of other celebrities reacted to the long awaited conviction. She had some encouraging words for people of color.
That gruesome day happened over a year ago and its a shame that it took so long to get to this juncture in our (broken) justice system.
The jury deliberated over two days, as the world waited on tooth and nails for the final verdict.
Systemic Racism and How Do We Move Forward
Systemic racism is prejudice that has been born into society. Theory says systemic racism is what our country was built on. The development of this theory was influenced by scholars such as W.E.B DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, and a host of others.
Today, systemic racism has only begun to deflate, however we still have a long way to go.
Although it doesn’t bring Floyd back, we can establish a new set of justice in his memory and set a new standard because of his legacy.