The President of the United States has upheld the guilty verdict issued by a Minneapolis jury against Derek Chauvin , the policeman who killed African-American George Floyd by suffocating him with his knee in the neck.
“Nothing can give back to your brother or your father, but this could be a giant step towards justice in the US ,” said Joe Biden in a message to the nation after referring to Floyd’s family. The democrat has asked the country to seize the moment to promote the reforms introduced by his party in Congress in order to prevent police abuses, but without getting carried away by the euphoria of the occasion, he stressed that outcomes such as this trial remain “very unusual.”
The racial justice movement has found in Biden a much more courageous ally than some expected, despite the alignment he has maintained throughout his career with civil rights defenders or his deep political ties to the community. black .
Biden speaks with a clarity that Barack Obama rarely exhibited because of his fear of being seen as a tribal president, as the president of the black community. A firmness that is reflected in the instructions that Biden has given to all the agencies of his Administration to prioritize the interests of historically disadvantaged communities in the development of their policies.
“No one should be above the law, and today’s verdict sends that message, but it is not enough. We cannot stop here, ”said the president hours after calling Floyd’s family to celebrate the resolution of the verdict and lift their spirits by thanking them for their courage and the role they have played in recent months.
“We have to stand up to the structural racism and racial disparities that exist in the way we protect citizens and, more generally, in the penal system.”
In his determination to openly address America’s original sin , Biden feels comfortable having the first black and multiracial vice president by his side, a Kamala Harris who recalled that technology has brought problems to all Americans that many considered to be something of the past.
“Thanks to smartphones, many Americans are now discovering the racial injustice that Black Americans have known for generations,” Harris said during the speech. “Black men in particular have been treated throughout our history as less than human.”
Although nothing will be fixed with words, your Administration is showing the political will that others suffered. It remains to be seen whether the Republicans will let them undertake far-reaching reforms.