“Justice” should be more than a pop-culture buzzword. It should be our goal as a society. George Floyd deserves justice. So does Derek Chauvin. The great ancient Greek Philosopher Plato said, “The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.”
For both men, true justice, in this case, comes in the form of a legitimate, impartial trial. I’m not convinced that Chauvin got one… and I’m not alone. But, what I think is irrelevant. Let’s look at the evidence and determine that. And then, let’s consider the options Chauvin has for his convictions to be overturned and the likelihood that he be granted a new trial. A trial that I’m already dubbing “Derek Chauvin vs. the World: Part Two.”
Justice vs. Injustice
Before we delve into the facts, case law, and new revelations, the first important thing that we all need to consider is “what if we were Chauvin.” Not specifically as in “What if we kneeled on a black man’s neck and he died while in our custody.” But as in, “If I was on trial for anything, would I want my jury to be overtly partial prior to the first argument of the case being heard?” We all know the answer. It would be “clearly not.”
We have got to stop ignoring reality in order to vilify someone who is hated. We can’t get rid of “one” for the “betterment” of the many, because we all are “one.” That’s step one in seeking justice.
Also, we have to remember that this case is only about Derek Chauvin and George Floyd. This case isn’t meant to be a “catch-all” for other “missed” opportunities to convict police officers of crimes. Nor does it serve to bring back anyone whose life has been lost. Bringing those considerations into this trial is only detrimental to real justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Americans, regardless of which side of this issue they land, should want true justice; not street justice or a verdict that serves to ease community frustrations or nationwide tension. People shouldn’t want this for Chauvin’s sake, but for their own.