George Floyd's Legacy
Updated: Jul 6, 2020
The events of May 25th in Minnesota brought grief, pain and anger to many of us, but hopefully also opened up a conversation that leaves us all in a better place.
When Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, choking him to death, he was confident that the system and the wider community would back him. That there would be no real penalty and that some would even celebrate him for it. He'd have been encouraged by the long history of white police brutality on black people that never results in convictions, sometimes not even in arrests. Time will tell. Chauvin was confident enough to commit his crime, in full view of filming bystanders, who called out to him to let the man breathe. That sense of impunity came from his experience of white privilege. The privilege that comes from knowing that the system is on your side. If you’re white and reading this, are you aware of your privilege? Have you moved beyond the irritation of the phrase to consider what it means? Some of my white friends ask: “What can I do? How can I help? I’m just one person!” It starts with your willingness to consider the question: Do you know what white privilege is? Do you understand how it affects people who are not white? #blacklivesmatter #newdawn