Chauvin’s guilty verdict was justice but not victory

Regarding the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd:

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

Grief. Relief. Sorrow. Joy.

Gianna, you were right: Your daddy did change the world, inspiring millions to

join the fight.

Nine minutes and 29 seconds of evil, horror, brutality, inhumanity;

Then 11 months of uncertainty, but now, finally justice.

Justice, yes, but not victory. Victory is a world in which George Floyd still grins, still lives, still breathes.

Justice but not victory because this is merely Step 1. Not victory because the real battle has just begun. Not victory because yet another black mother just lost a son. Not victory because centuries of hate cannot be undone.

Not victory until America’s often-hollow ideals become reality for everyone.

Mike Cane

Lake Forest Park

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