A little more than a year ago, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer with 18 prior complaints of misconduct, murdered George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in broad daylight. Although no response could adequately match the arbitrary deprivation of a sacred, infinitely valuable life, the public outcry for change and accountability has been forceful and widespread.
Sadly, public officials have not met the intensity of the calls for change with commensurate urgency. Legislative responses have been scattered on state and local levels and efforts to pass federal laws have stalled. This shameful inaction costs lives. Since the murder of George Floyd, police have killed over 1,000 more individuals.
Unsatisfied with the inadequate response from domestic lawmakers, grieving families who lost loved ones to police killings have looked to faith leaders for solace and leadership, and to international human rights bodies to address the long-neglected violations. Both local and international appeals place pressure on the U.S. to live up to its human rights commitments and shine a light on the structural racism of our criminal justice system.
Reflecting on the glacial movement toward racial justice in America, James Baldwin asked, “How much time do you want for your progress?” For the people and neighborhoods still subject to the excesses of unaccountable state power on a daily basis, there is no time to wait. Now is the time to harness the power of global human rights and the moral imperative of our faith to transform American criminal justice.
During this time of reckoning with discriminatory police violence, join Justice Revival for a special conversation with three esteemed guest speakers, to explore the issue from the intersection of Christian faith and commitment to human rights.