Derek Chauvin is in court, but a black character is being tried in Minneapolis


Minneapolis, Minnesota-March 29: George Floyd's girlfriend Courtney Ross is on 38th Street and March 29, 2021, at Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The opening statement begins today in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing a second murder after George Floyd's death.  (Photo by Brandon Tysinger / Getty Images)

On Monday, the first day of Derek Chauvin’s testimony, George Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross kneels at the crossroads of Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed. (Brandon Tysinger / Getty Images)

With George Floyd’s momentary romance in the rear-view mirror last year (a massive protest against anti-black species discrimination caught in seemingly inexhaustible waves during the summer), we reach the moment of the Derek Chauvin trial did. This is progress. Police officers have been murdered twice and three times and twice after years of police killing a black suspect in front of witnesses or in video with little legal impact. Was charged with manslaughter.

Still, there is already growing concern about whether a former Minneapolis police officer will be convicted of killing Floyd for a horrifying 9 minutes and 29 seconds with his knees pressed against his neck. to object.

Just as Chauvin belongs to the court, the court has died too many convincing cases of black overpower, abuse, and murder, especially when the defendant is a police officer. You need to remember that it’s another place you’ve gone.

The criminal justice system remains totally zero due to American structural racism where it all begins. There are many reasons, but what is currently being debated is how a jury with prima facie suspicion (1 in 12 slightly unconvinced jury) thwarts justice. Is it taking? Despite our awakening of anti-racism, we all agree that there is widespread skepticism in the country about the black character enough to sink even the obvious cause of George Floyd. can do.

Black personalities are always on trial — their humanity and their presumption of innocence are questioned. Character assassination is the basis of structural racism. It precedes it. Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to claim his expertise that Floyd was killed in cardiac arrest, he was in poor health, was on drugs, and didn’t care about his neck and knees. Not surprising from a legal point of view. Everyone has the right to protection.

But in reality, the defense alleges that Floyd died because he was not worth living. He was a big black man, sporadically hired, yes, a drug user. He has encountered police before (importantly, details of one of those encounters are allowed as evidence). In short, he was the limit. It was only a matter of time and circumstances that he died young and badly, and in any case it was not just a reason to hire white men, especially police officers, and to work.

This is an attack on black victims, especially men and boys before Floyd. Rodney King, Devin Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philland Castile. Even those with irrevocable desires as limits, such as EMT Breona Taylor, are undermined by the story of this crime and the lack of inherent black value.

In 2013, Trayvon Martin transformed from a typical teenager out to buy his favorite candy into an annoying, hooded gangbanger with no gloomy past and future. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have gone out on the streets to heroize all the blacks George Floyd, so we like to think we’ve learned something. But in the real world, that anonymity is exactly what made him destined.

Chauvin’s trial Include Who knows how many times a video, and others, will be played and played? What happened during the 1992 criminal trial of four police officers accused of attacking Rodney King, until the jury and some civilians unknowingly convinced him to be the king. I’m worried about how the shocking mother in all police atrocities videos was investigated and re-examined. The police were just working hard and were the invaders who had reasonable suspicion that the crime had been committed. The blurry image contained the abominable truth about what happened to King that night and the greater truth about the anti-blacks driving police culture. But we didn’t see the beating with our eyes alone. We saw it in our mind, fear, and our super-consciousness about where it fits in our social hierarchy.

In the case of George Floyd, the facts are of little importance in these times, so shamelessly elected officials routinely tell us that what we see clearly is not there. Joe Biden didn’t win the presidential election fairly. Donald Trump was robbed.

In the toxic atmosphere of big lie, the obvious reality of racism can easily escape recognition. Of course, conservatives have always argued that racism is the product of liberal imagination, but now it declares it with surprisingly new and at the same time old justice and open hostility. The facts and data, including the video, go completely beyond the point of being inconsistent with the politically essential white supremacism for about half of the country. In that sense, the Floyd case could not have come at a worse time.

On the other hand, do you have a good time?

Last year’s protests began to calculate that the time had definitely come, even though the mid-hundred-year pandemic seemed to be the worst moment possible. And we are still in the aftermath of that moment. Sadness and a new radicalization keep the flowers fresh under some kind of ongoing vigilance in front of Floyd’s dead Cup Foods. Chauvin’s trial, whether good or bad, will be part of the calculation. Whatever the verdict is, the calculation will continue as needed.

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributor to Opinion.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..

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