They never rest, and nothing except full capitulation and control will satisfy them.
While some of the naive among us thought that perhaps if former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the most serious crimes he was charged with, that our country could begin to see a semblance of peace and a path forward to healing, those of us who have dealt with people like Kamala Harris for more than a decade knew that wasn’t going to be the case. We knew that even if Chauvin were convicted of second-degree murder, there would be a unified media strategy detailing some reason why that wasn’t enough and why Black Lives Matter and their crooked allies would need to continue “protesting” and rioting.
Sure enough, within an hour of the verdict, we saw the narrative forming. “This is not the justice system working,” said MSNBC’s Jason Johnson, “This is the justice system trying to say that hey, this is one bad apple.”
“This isn’t justice,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), remarked. She continued:
“I don’t want this to be framed as the system working—because it’s not working.. It’s really important that this verdict is not used as a replacement for policy change.”
Recognizing that there are differences of opinion as to whether this was an appropriate verdict in the case, if one believed Chauvin should be held criminally liable for his actions on that day in May 2020, why would this verdict be anything but a cause for celebration?
Because if the verdict is interpreted by the masses as an example of the judicial system working the way it should, then Black Lives Matter ceases to have a platform, those who seek to “reimagine justice” need to find a new grift, and politicians seeking more control have to create an entirely new narrative. And they’re not willing to do that. They’re too close to reaching their goals to start over.
So, we must be told that the Chauvin verdict was an anomaly, that for once all of the stars aligned to hold an out-of-control, racist and homicidal cop (according to their narrative) accountable, but that we cannot count on people doing the right thing in the future so we must defund the police and enact new laws that allegedly ensure justice but in reality do no such thing.
Yes, it still sounds counterintuitive, but most RedState readers are not the audience these people are attempting to reach.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-BotoxIceCream) came the closest to blowing the plan with her nonsensical comments making George Floyd a willing martyr:
.@SpeakerPelosi speaking at presser with CBC: Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice…Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous for justice.
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) April 20, 2021
During a speech to the nation, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris echoed the sentiments. Harris said:
Today we feel a sigh of relief. Still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice. This verdict brings us a step closer, and, the fact is, we still have work to do.
Biden followed up with:
We can’t stop here. In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen and occur again….This takes acknowledging and confronting head-on systemic racism….
Both Biden and Harris claim that Congress has “done nothing” to address issues of racial inequity in policing since Floyd’s death, conveniently ignoring that they filibustered (hey, isn’t that racist?) Sen. Tim Scott’s bipartisan reform bill last year. (Because he isn’t a black Democrat, he is invisible to them.)
Just before Harris and Biden spoke, Barack Obama tweeted that “true justice requires much more” than this guilty verdict against Chauvin:
Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied. pic.twitter.com/mihZQHqACV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021
Karissa Lewis, National Field Director of the Movement for Black Lives, invoked the name of Daunte Wright, saying that the verdict:
“[D]oesn’t fix an irredeemable, racist system of policing rooted in white supremacy. Minnesota police couldn’t even go the full length of the trial without taking the life of another Black person, and now we’re grieving for Daunte Wright just as we continue to grieve for George Floyd. This repeat cycle of police killings, trials and no real substantive systemic change has to stop. Now is the time for a complete reimagining of public safety in the United States, so that no more fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, children, siblings or loved ones are lost to the hands of state violence.”
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), a co-author of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, continued the theme:
“Today I am relieved, today I exhale, but today just marks the beginning of a new phase of a long struggle to bring justice in America.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that Americans:
“[S]hould not mistake a guilty verdict in this case as evidence that the persistent problem of police misconduct has been solved, or that the divide between law enforcement and so many of the communities they serve has been bridged.”
And the LA Times Editorial Board opined:
There will be attempts to read the result as some kind of vindication for American policing and our system of law, because it arguably demonstrates that good law enforcement agencies and good laws will ferret out and hold to account rogue officers. Such a reading would be tragically mistaken and no longer viable given where we are now, a year after Floyd’s death and the protests that followed.
Those demonstrations focused Americans’ attention on the racial inequities that endured decades after the end of racist laws meant to hold Black people apart and below white society.
The Los Angeles Times editorial board went even further, invoking Declaration of Independence verbiage:
Some of those protests turned gratuitously violent, but that tragedy takes nothing away from the self-evident truths that have always been in front of our noses yet are too often ignored — that even though we profess that all men are created equal, we have built a society that dispenses unequal treatment by race and by class, especially in encounters with police.
They, and others, argued something directly in opposition to the instructions the jurors were given.
What was on trial was not merely one officer but the entire U.S. legal system and its ability to deliver equal justice in a nation built in part on the subjugation of Black people.
The Chauvin jurors were charged with only evaluating the evidence presented to them in the trial, and were expressly prohibited from allowing any other evidence or thoughts to influence their verdict. Yet, to listen to Democrats and their friends in the media, our country’s entire system of justice rested upon the verdict found by these 12 citizens. What a burden. What a weight. And what disingenuous pieces of bodily waste these “leaders” are for insisting that 12 average people carry such a burden.
We can all push back on the narratives Kamala, Joe, Barack, et al, are bringing forward. How? Call out bad acts when you see them, but more importantly, be the good they don’t want anyone to see in this country.