Statement on Derek Chauvin’s Outcome

Greetings Mason Family,   

Coalition Building and Diversity Education (CBDE) as well as the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) acknowledge that some, particularly in the Black Community, may be experiencing a wave of emotions and thoughts after the guilty verdict rendered in the Derek Chauvin case and we want you to know that we stand in solidary with you.  

Yesterday’s verdict will never bring George Floyd back to his family and loved ones and it does not fully address the effects continuously inflicted by racial trauma the Black community and other communities of color experience. For years, our nation has watched injustice unfold time and time again as Black lives are taken violently by police without accountability. CBDE and CCEE recognizes, Chauvin’s guilty verdict is not justice, for justice implies restoration. However, we are hopeful that this measure of accountability will pave the way for authentic systemic reform in policing nationwide, which may be the first step towards justice. 

What do we do now that a verdict has been rendered?  

  1. We take a deep breath: Take care of our Wellbeing by connecting with loved ones and seeking therapy or guidance from spiritual and faith leaders.  
  1. TakeactionWe who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” One verdict of accountability does alleviate systemic issues, so we must continue the work by joining organizations that fight for justice and police reform.  
  1. Support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: Let’s call 202.499.6085 and connect with our US Representatives and voice our support in passing this bill to reform policing nationwide. 
  1. Register to vote:  Use your voice in all elections and register to vote.  

This moment will continue to impact us months from now. Wchallenge our campus community to confront all forms of systematic injustice in your world and area of influenceIt is important above all things to acknowledge one another and takeaction when neededThere is no liberation without collective community care. 

Please know the staff in CBDE and CCEE are here for you and if you need to talk to us, or share ideas, don’t hesitate to email us at cbde@gmu.edu and ccee@gmu.edu. 

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