We live in a nation where a guilty verdict for a cop is damn near impossible. From Emmett Till to Rodney King we've seen countless and blatant murders of Blacks where no justice was served. So with the conviction of Derek Chauvin Black people have a glimmer of hope that things can change, that lady justice as blind as she maybe will start holding everyone accountable.
As a nation and as a people we must realize that this is only the beginning. This is the moment where the fight is just starting; we need to keep our foot on the gas. It's time to push harder for legislation that holds the people sworn to protect us to a higher standard. That's why it's paramount that bills like The George Floyd Policing Act get signed into law. A good shepherd protects his flock from the wolves; he doesn't slaughter them himself. So America it's time that you step up and protect all Americans. It's sad that people have to celebrate something that should be fundamental.
Murderers should go to jail whether they're cops or not.
We need the same justice for Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Ma'Khia Bryant and a host of countless others. Bryant, a 16 year old kid was killed by cops as the nation awaited the verdict in the Floyd trial. So while we were waiting on justice for one we were simultaneously losing the life of another.
This kind of behavior has to stop, It must stop, and it will stop.
Once we show this government this power structure that we'll no longer accept second class citizenshipthings will change. We as a country stand here today celebrating being joyous and happy that the right decision was made when in fact we should be angry because it shouldn't have taken this many tries to get it right.
The great Dr. King once said "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
From this moment forward I urge you to remove the wool from your eyes and don't fall for Jedi mind tricks, where they take a lot and as soon as you get a little bit back you become complacent.
Malcom X once said " if you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, that's not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. They haven't pulled the knife out; they won't even admit that it's there."
So hopefully the death of George Floyd won't be in vain and this verdict means that they are finally acknowledging the knife. So until the day this happens we must continue to show them the wound.
No matter what you do, always be proud, be strong, be free and live out loud because the fate of the world just might depend on it.