Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. says the United States needs to dismantle “the systems that allowed” George Floyd to die if the country wants to see “true justice.”
We can paint the streets with “Black Lives Matter” and rename Confederate buildings all day, but what about breaking down the very system that has built, endorsed and encouraged racism for hundreds of years? As the country reflects on the life of police-slain George Floyd, legislators are calling for a more powerful change: ending institutionalized and systemic racism.
“On the anniversary of his death, I want to remind all of us that we’re still searching for justice for George Floyd,” Ilhan Omar wrote on Twitter. “Convicting his killer isn’t enough. True justice can only come from dismantling the systems that allowed him to die.”
She added: “We are still fighting to remake our criminal justice system – and especially the people who enforce it. But I see a future where no one has to fear police violence. A future where everyone is safe.” Derek Chauvin murdered Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges including, second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, after he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.