One Year Later: Youth Voice Writers Reflect on the Police Murder of George Floyd
May 25, 2021 marks one year since the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd. He was a father, a Minneapolis resident and a Black man in America. The murder, which was caught on video and widely viewed, sparked global protests last summer and a national reckoning not only with racist police violence, but with the white supremacy that is embedded in American institutions.
Derek Chauvin, the police officer who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd until he was dead, was found guilty of murder on April 20, 2021. Now, one year after the killing, Youth Voice contributors share their thoughts on justice, racism and police brutality in our country.
Justice is Black People Living in All of Their Glory
Shay House writes that justice is Black people living in all of their glory, not being murdered because of the color of their skin.
Today, We Have a Voice
Juwan Jessup writes that today, Black Americans have a voice and the power to stand up against unjust systems.
Sympathy is Nice, But Justice is Better
Dezarae Newstrom writes that there is so much cruelty within policing and foster care, and that we need education on the history of these systems.
Freedom is Bigger Than the End of Slavery
Jamari Jones writes that the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd set the tone for addressing racism.