The Inclusion & Dialogue Center Responds to the Chauvin Verdict

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
Emory and Henry Friends & Family,

Just yesterday, we celebrated a step toward a racial reckoning and a step toward justice with the verdict of guilty in the Derek Chauvin case. I asked the question, “what’s next”?
In less than an hour after the affirming that Black Lives Matter in the case for George Floyd, we see that it didn’t matter in the cause of a young Black girl. MaKhia Bryant was shot four times in the chest by a police officer that was called to protect her. The all to familiar saga of the quick extinction of Black lives is once again senselessly repeated. Accountability and justice must be meted out in this case too. We, as a the American people, cannot continue to “err on the side of Blackness”. We need for “liberty and justice for all” to really mean ALL.
At Emory & Henry, a college built on the Methodist tradition, I call upon you to use your “God given power to resist evil, injustice, an oppression in whatever forms they present themselves”. Let’s start today remembering that equal justice is provided by the law and that all American citizens should be protected.
You can find more information about the verdict here: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/derek-chauvin-trial-04-20-21/index.html
#MaKhia Bryant #SayHerName

In the struggle,
Rev. Sharon L. Bowers
Director of Inclusion & Dialogue, DEI
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