Justice for George Floyd
On April 20, jurors delivered a guilty verdict on all counts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who took George Floyd’s life. At College Track, we’re feeling immense relief, especially given the lack of justice for so many people who’ve lost their lives to police violence throughout our country’s history. Since the start of testimony in this trial alone, at least 64 people have died at the hands of law enforcement nationwide, with Black and Latino people representing more than half of the dead.
We’ve faced what felt like an inescapable conclusion of evidence before and been disappointed, but today, our system delivered a unanimous verdict. While the verdict doesn’t give George Floyd his life back or undo centuries of systemic oppression and injustice, we are hopeful it signals the beginning of new progress toward equity.
Before there can be healing, there must be accountability, and we have a long way to go before our society celebrates, honors, and affirms Black lives. At College Track, our students matter and we have the power to create a peaceful world based on the ideals of equity and justice. The work continues.
Art by Shirien Damra