Kamala Harris

Derek Chauvin Verdict Remarks - Apr. 20, 2021

Kamala Harris
April 20, 2021
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Good evening. First, I want to thank the jury for their service and I want to thank Mr. Floyd's family for your steadfastness.

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, we still must reform the system.

Last summer, together with Senator Cory Booker and Representative Karen Bass, I introduced the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. This bill would hold law enforcement accountable and help build trust between law enforcement and our communities. This bill is part of George Floyd's legacy. The President and I will continue to urge the Senate to pass this legislation not as a panacea for every problem, but as a start.

This work is long overdue. America has a long history of systemic racism. Black Americans and Black men in particular, have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human. Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors. Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our healthcare system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation – full stop.

Because of smart phones, so many Americans have now seen the racial injustice that Black Americans have known for generations. The racial injustice that we have fought for generations, that my parents protested in the 1960s, that millions of us Americans of every race protested last summer.

Here's the truth about racial injustice: it is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem, it is a problem for every American. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all and it is holding our nation back from realizing our full potential.

We are all a part of George Floyd's legacy and our job now is to honor it and to honor him.

Thank you.

Harris, K.D. [CNBC Television]. (2021, April 20). Vice President Kamala Harris on verdict: We feel a sigh of relief, but we still have work to do [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2r86esb_6c]. Retrieved on April 22, 2021 from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrp_UI8XtuYfpiqluWLD7Lw.