Here at The Urban Basement, we like to focus on the music but, every now and then, we take a step from that to focus on issues that are near and dear to our hearts. Being a Black Owned Business, we understand the struggles that are faced by Black people in America. Today, we were finally given long-awaited justice as guilty verdicts were given to Former-Officer, Derek Chauvin, on all charges related to the murder of George Floyd that occurred on May 25, 2020. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second degree manslaughter carrying potential sentences of 40 years, 25 years, and 10 years.
In a world where most wrongful killings of Black people by White Officers gets swept under the rug, it was refreshing to see Chauvin get convicted of all 3 charges and not just the manslaughter charge which many, if not most of us, thought would be the outcome. The question is now, what does this conviction mean for the Black Lives Matter movement? Will this be one victory followed by a string of the same old routine of cops getting passes or is there really a change on the way? Will trainings and evaluation processes be updated to better aid candidate selection? Who knows? However, with the death of MaKhia Bryant following not 12 hours after the Chauvin verdict, the victory we briefly felt was overshadowed by another Black person being gunned down by another White cop, making our hope for change seem more & more unlikely. As we try to remain optimistic, our hearts grow weary and our eyes weep for those whose lives are wrongfully taken.
The fear that parents of the youth feel every time their child leaves the house alone. The uneasiness felt by every Black person in America not knowing what type of cop you may encounter that day. The worriment that you may one day get a call saying that it’s your loved one whose life has been taken too soon. These are things only we in Black America understand and it’s exhausting to try and get those who aren’t us to understand us. However, if this is how the work gets done... we owe it to ourselves and future generations to come to do everything we can to make the world right for them.
“They treat [racism] like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people."
Peace & Blessings my Kings & Queens 🖤✊🏽
-XOXO, Carli Raé