A reminder from Equality NC of what today means for us and our county:
Today, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges for his murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. This is a victory for Black Americans and all of our communities that suffer disproportionately from brutal, invasive, and unjust systems of policing. Millions of Americans took to the streets over the past year — and it made all the difference in the world.
While we hold this verdict in celebration, the fight is far from over. Police all over this country continue to target, harass, and kill Black and Brown Americans with alarming regularity. Just in the past week, we’ve seen white supremacy in action through the horrific deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo at the hands of police officers. Systems of policing, incarceration, and violence against people of color are baked into the fabric of American society, and it will take all of us to imagine and build healthier, more compassionate systems of accountability for this nation.
But today, we remember George Floyd and how he suffered for 9 ½ minutes under the knee of a white police officer. We will continue to fight for a better America for him — and for us all.