United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is relieved by the murder conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin. It is important that he is held accountable for his callous actions in killing George Floyd and for his failure to allow life-saving medical assistance. We pray that this conviction offers a measure of comfort to George Floyd’s grieving family and community and that it is a step in a more just direction of social and political changes that are long overdue.
We are clear, however, that this conviction is not an invitation to rest or become complacent. Rather, it is one necessary step in the creation of a world where all people are safe and able to survive and thrive in our communities. As we continue to mourn the losses of such sacred lives as George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, we are also reminded of the ongoing grief and trauma that Black people and communities more broadly continue to face.
It is imperative that we collectively address that trauma by ending state sanctioned violence against Black humanity and creating meaningful opportunities for healing amid the historic and ongoing injustices occasioned by white supremacy. We commit ourselves to this work and strive in solidarity to bring about the day when all will proclaim in word and deed that Black Lives Matter.