It’s Not Justice, It’s Not Accountability

Finally, former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd which occurred May 25, 2020. The Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of all three charges and is facing charges of second-degree murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. American actress Natasha Rothwell took to Twitter following this announcement and posted, “This is accountability, not justice. Remember that.” Since then, this rhetoric has gained popularity as people agree that while justice for George Floyd has not been served, the jury’s verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin.

The problem regarding this popular rhetoric is it ignores that while just one officer has been held accountable for their actions, we are still funding and relying on a white supremacist and carceral system. This is NOT accountability. Imprisoning one person is NOT accountability. I understand the desire of wanting to believe that it is because we have been taught that retribution is holding someone accountable. Justice would be George Floyd at home with his family. Accountability would be abolishing the system that allowed a man in uniform to murder an innocent Black man.To achieve true justice and accountability, we must abolish the institution that continuously allows officers to murder innocent civilians.

One thought on “It’s Not Justice, It’s Not Accountability

  1. I can recall how, beginning as a young boy watching the original release of the 1977 miniseries ‘Roots’, shocked and bewildered I’d always get by Black people being brutalized and told they were not welcome — while they, as a people, had been violently forced here from their African home as slaves! And, as a people, there has been no real refuge here for them, since. (In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the narrator notes that, like the South, the Civil War era northern states also hated Black people but happened to hate slavery more.)

    Now, as a man a bit over a half-century in age, it sometimes seems to me that a large number of human beings, however precious their lives, can be considered disposable to a nation. And when the young children of those people take notice of this, they’re vulnerable to begin perceiving themselves as worthless. It’s atrociously unjust and desperately needs to stop! Although their devaluation as human beings is basically based on their race, it still reminds me of the devaluation, albeit perhaps subconsciously, of the daily civilian lives lost (a.k.a. “casualties”) in protractedly devastating civil war zones and sieges. At some point, they can end up receiving just a few column inches in the First World’s daily news.

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