“Are you happy now?” U.S. reluctantly does the right thing


As a jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, the United States pats itself on the back for eventually doing the bare minimum to address its issues of systemic racism and institutionalized police brutality.

Despite multiple videos documenting Chauvin’s killing of Floyd, a guilty verdict was far from guaranteed before the U.S. reluctantly admitted “This is too far, even for us.”

The monumental verdict has been slightly marred by the muted international response, with a majority of countries failing to see Chauvin’s prosecution as a watershed moment, erasing centuries of racial exploitation, discrimination and violence and insuring a brighter future, free from racism, brutality and inequality.  Rather than the expected fanfare, the international consensus is one of embarrassment and disbelief that this most basic consequence could ever have been in doubt.

Domestically, not everyone is satisfied with the verdict and the nation’s newfound racial harmony, with the result sparking protests within the cop community and many police officers remarking that they “no longer feel safe murdering unarmed black people in broad daylight.” Sgt. Jeff Walker went on record and voiced his concerns for how this verdict could impact future generations of police officers: “I just wonder what kind of message this is going to send. If we set some kind of precedent that cops are accountable for their actions then that is a very slippery slope. As soon as you remove the ability to kill ethnic minorities on a whim then all of a sudden this job stops looking so attractive to white supremacists and then where is the next generation of law enforcement going to come from? My son has wanted to be a cop all his life now how am I supposed to explain that to him? If this is how the country treats its police force then I don’t think he’ll want any part of it and I don’t blame him. How the hell are you supposed to explain to a seven year old child that solely because of his own actions, and the color of his uniform, he could be sent to jail for forty years?”

However, the political sphere had a much more positive response to the sentencing, with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi taking time to thank George Floyd for “sacrificing his life for justice” as she selected the black infant who will be sacrificed in the name of justice when the country next decides the blood toll for racial justice must be paid.

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