The world watched in horror in the spring of 2020 as Derek Chauvin, an officer of the law, knelt on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd for more than 9 minutes. Floyd died that day, Chauvin was arrested four days later. Now, close to year after the murder, the country is waiting for a jury to deliberate to decide if Chauvin will be charged for Floyd's murder.
I saw a post not long ago that mentioned that America is unlike any other country because, in no other country would there have to be a long, drawn-out murder trail for a murder we've all had the displeasure of witnessing due to recordings that were made on that day.
I just wanted to write a post today to clearly state that it is OK to feel anxious, and that is normal. If you need a day off, or if you need to scream into a pillow, do that. Many people don't seem to understand how deeply this pain runs in our communities of color and with white allies who just want to see change happen for their fellow humans.
I am praying that the jury comes to a decision and finds that Chauvin is guilty of his crimes. It doesn't matter what status someone has. No one should get away with hurting anyone. Plus, it is extremely difficult to read someone's face when they're wearing a mask, and Chauvin elected not to testify in his own defense. It is hard to say if he even cared about what he'd done.
Too many experts have come forward to say this was homicide for me to personally think otherwise. My opinion has not swayed since seeing a portion of the video at the time during which Floyd was killed.
Take time for yourself, practice self care, keep drinking your water and eating your food. Know that there are folks with you who are committed to seeing change. Know we are with you and support you. You can come to us, and we will listen.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.