Yesterday the jurors in Minneapolis held former police officer Derek Chauvin accountable for the brutal murder of George Floyd. The nine-minute video of that crime was shot by a 17-year old child. Children see and know much more than we think they do. George Floyd’s death taught them that the world is not always a safe place, especially if you are Black. Chauvin’s conviction taught them that accountability is possible, though we still have a long way to go to achieve true justice.
Within hours of the verdict, the latest police killing happened. This time of a 16-year-old child in Ohio’s foster care system—Ma’Khia Bryant. There is much we don’t know yet about the circumstances, but we do know that a Black child is dead. Justice on one day does not guarantee it tomorrow.
We owe our children a future where they feel safe in their neighborhoods, where Black children know that their lives matter—where childhood is protected.
That’s why Children’s Rights won’t stop fighting for a more just, equitable country for our kids. We stand with advocates and organizations throughout the country to disrupt institutional racism and its effects on Black and Brown families.