The Verdict

What the Derek Chauvin conviction means for justice for the least of these; in a nation that often lacks it. In flash poetry.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

On April 20, 2021, justice, at long last, was realized.

Justice, which for too long, had been denied to our Black and Brown brethren.

For too long, their blood had been crying from the streets; silenced behind prison walls, and by the bullets and voices of a law, designed to protect a single race, creed, religion, ideology, sex and sexual orientation;

A justice, reserved only for the White, wealthy and well-connected;

A justice, that sees the undesirable, the abnormal of society as a menace; and Black and Brown men as criminals;

And White men, as misunderstood, though they, too, have committed similar, or worse crimes.

White men, who receive little more than a slap on the wrist; while Black and Brown receive a lifetime stain of the record — permanent disenfranchisement from the vote or society; stripped of even the basic human right to self-defense.

For too long, the police — the foot soldiers in the enforcement of White, wealthy, well-connected, straight patriarchy — have been given immunity to murder Black and Brown men, women and children, without consequence; but have been legally prevented from holding the White man accountable for their abuse.

With the conviction of Derek Chauvin for murder; we see that justice, has a chance;

More must be done.

Time to end police immunity, militarization, and occupation;

Both at home and across the globe.

Time to end the unions that allow for the cold-blooded murder of Black and Brown souls;

Unions that exist to shield these criminals in badges, from the consequences of their crimes.

Time to divest in the system that protects the White patriarchy; invest in the basic human right to social services, universal healthcare, true employment and infrastructure in segregated neighborhoods;

Both here, and around the globe.

To protect the human and environmental life that cannot protect itself; from the White, wealthy and well-connected;

From those who see people and our planet as little more than a resource to be exploited without mercy, remorse, or a though for the future;

Both here, and around the globe.

Time to end the system of racial, sexual, and environmental apartheid in our governments, our schools, our businesses, in our art and in our society.

Time to end a “justice” system;

That dispenses justice for one race, one class, one people.

Time for a change.



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Tiffany Elliott

Writer with 15 + years experience; journalist, editor, freelancer, and play write. Advocate for the arts and rights of expendables.