Today, we’re featuring a reflective piece by UniteBoston’s Team Leader, Rev. Kelly Fassett. Here, Kelly shares a reflection on the jury results this week of the murder of George Floyd, from her perspective as a White person and a mother.
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about justice lately and what it means for justice to be served. I recently found a moving poem and painting created by people of color and I wanted to highlight them here.
While a jury in Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts, this is not the end but a beginning. Attorney General Keith Ellison described that “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice.”
Derek Chauvin being held accountable for the murder of George Floyd is just a small drop in the bucket; the racism that people of color face on a day-to-day basis continue to endure, and the struggles remain. It seems like every morning, I wake up and there is another story on the news about a black or brown brother or sister getting shot, or another story about violence towards Asian-Americans. I lament this reality and long for God’s kingdom of holistic peace and justice to come forth in our world: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream…” (Amos 5:24).
Here is a poem by Chicago-based poet Leslé Honoré that describes raising her Black son in our world today. This hit me deeply as a new mother, recognizing the injustice of how differently my daughter’s experience in life will be, purely based on the color of her skin.