During our ongoing fight for justice, we are given a painful reminder that justice is going to be an uphill battle as Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for 8min and 46seconds posted $1 million bail.
The Attorneys for Floyd’s family stated that
“The system of due process worked for Chauvin and afforded him his freedom while he awaits trial. In contrast, George Floyd was denied due process, when his life was ended over a $20 bill. There was no charge, no arrest, no hearing, no bail. Just execution.”
To express outrage over the release of Derek Chauvin, hundreds of people took to the streets and gathered in Minneapolis over a common agreement that Chauvin getting out on bond shows the injustice of the court system. Protesters dragged body bags and carried gravestone-shaped signs to symbolize the injustices and black bodies lost. Right now we are in an extremely tough period of time facing unprecedented job loss, a pandemic, a presidential election and so much more. As we feel pain from the everyday struggles of life, it is important to do the pivotal work to heal, do things that make us happy daily, and love those in our lives. During these times we must remember that neutrality helps the oppressor and never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor and continues to torment the tormented.