It’s been a month since I last posted. It hasn’t been an easy time, though I know my life is very smooth compared to most. But I started hitting burnout soon after, so when that happens, things fall to the wayside.
Today, though, I have to give voice to a celebration.
CN: discussing crimes against Black people
This afternoon Derek Chauvin was convicted of unintentional* second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. A white cop – an ex-cop, sure, but a cop, and a white one – has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
He’ll get 10 yrs at minimum. I’m sure there will be appeals, of course, and it’s sure that the defense will try their sneakiest, most awful tricks. Shitty things can happen in the US justice system.
But even if there are appeals, we know this jury said no to the supremacist narrative of “cops are just doing their jobs.” They recognized his malign intent. They recognized his cruelty. They recognized his callousness. They recognized his disdain for the life of a beautiful human being.
At this moment I will go and listen to the US President calling the family of George Floyd to congratulate them, and be happy that this moment exists, this moment of victory, in which George Floyd starts to change the world.
* Unintentional? My ass.