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The Conviction of Derek Chauvin

I think our justice system had its say today, with the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd. So what’s the right way to process this tragic chapter in our nation’s history?
I think it’s okay to sickened by the way Mr. Floyd was killed under the knee of Derek Chauvin. That doesn’t mean we lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of our nation’s law enforcement officers are incredibly decent people who serve their communities bravely with honor.
We can show respect for those who demonstrate and protest PEACEFULLY, as their viewpoints and struggles can help us grow as a nation. At the same time, we are not wrong to strongly condemn the actions of those who riot, burn, loot, and destroy our cities in the name of “justice.”
We can be thankful to live in a nation where jurors are empowered to examine the evidence – without interference – and render a verdict. That’s precisely why we should be infuriated that a publicity-seeking member of Congress (Maxine Waters) flew in to encourage violence if the jury were to acquit. It’s inexcusable.
I think we can criticize and denounce an organization that uses the name “Black Lives Matter” while actually having caused irreparable damage to lives and livelihoods throughout our nation over the last year. At the same time, we can say in collective unity that yes, of course, black lives obviously matter and are precious and priceless. Because they are created in the image of God, as we all are. It’s RIGHT THERE in the first chapter of Genesis.
This has been a difficult and saddening period for our nation. Rest in peace, Mr. Floyd.

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