I was at work when the news broke that the jury had found Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges. I sat alone at the reference desk when my aunt told me they were reading the verdict. For each one, she sent a text. But my heart felt heavy with just the first. It wasn’t justice, but accountability. It speaks volumes for our country to feel the relief a guilty verdict. Chauvin killed George Floyd in front of witness, in front of the world. And we still understood there was a chance that he might get away with it. Commentary such as one Australian headline which read, Murderer Who Got Caught Committing Murder On Video Found Guilty of Murder, proves the insanity of our situation.
And as Derek Chauvin listened to the verdict, the surprise look in his eyes, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the chest by Columbus police. And the debate begins again.
For today’s poem, I have chosen “History Reconsidered” by Clint Smith III.