At approximately 5:15pm EST yesterday Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd.
“Today, we are able to breathe again. Justice for George means freedom for all.” Philonise Floyd
“We frame this moment for all of us, not just for George Floyd. This is a victory for those who champion humanity over inhumanity, those who champion justice over injustice, those who champion morals over immorality.” Ben Crump, Floyd family attorney
“While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system.” former President Barack Obama
“Black Americans, and Black men in particular, have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human. Black men are fathers. And brothers. And sons. And uncles. And grandfathers. And friends. And neighbors.” Vice President Kamala Harris
“Enough. Enough. Enough of the senseless killings. Today’s verdict is a step forward…[but] Such a verdict is also much too rare. For so many people, it seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors.” President Joe Biden
That same day Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio called the police for help. They shot this sweet girl four times and killed her.
“As we watched the verdict from Minneapolis many talked about the sigh of relief — but there is a truth that for so many in our community there is no relief.” Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin
There aren’t words to describe the emotional whiplash of going from oh thank God they convicted him to oh my God they shot this Black baby girl, this is never-ending. Our work is barely begun.
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