Today brought a verdict. A jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd.
The Twitterverse exploded with reactions.
Tears. Hope. The understanding that there is healing to be embarked upon and that there is so much work still to be done.
It also brought renewed calls to defund the police.
Here are tweets from some folks from Philadelphia’s nonprofit and civic sectors.
— Bishop Dwayne Royster (@ddroyster) April 20, 2021
— Lauren Vidas 😷 (@BroadAndMarket) April 20, 2021
— Ami Patel Hopkins ✊🏽🗳🗽🗣 (@apatelphilly) April 20, 2021
There’s still healing that needs to be done. Still holding space for those whose names we’re still honoring.
Our communities still aren’t safe
— The Black and Brown Coalition of PHL (@blacknbrownphl) April 20, 2021
I'm just tired of black people's bodies being sacrificed on the altar of racism and white supremacy in America. I am not relieved. I'm not happy. I'd rather that George Floyd was alive today. I'm tired of all of us having to fight to be regarded as human beings in America.
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— ProfB (@AntheaButler) April 20, 2021
This verdict is a step toward justice, but it doesn't change the fact that George Floyd should still be alive today.
Now, we have to do the hard work of preventing these tragedies from occurring in the first place by confronting the institutional racism that's caused them.
— Val Arkoosh (@ValArkooshPA) April 20, 2021
True justice will be when we change society so there are no more police murders. Until then we stay in the struggle and we say #DefundThePolice every single day of the week. We breathe a little easier today but the work continues.
— Amistad Law Project (@AmistadLaw) April 20, 2021
George Floyd should still be alive today. I hope today's verdict brings his family and loved ones some measure of peace.
The guilty charges mark an important step for police accountability — but there's still a very long way to go to end systemic racism in this country.
— Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (@CouncilmemberJG) April 20, 2021
— Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (@philanthropyPHL) April 20, 2021
Derek Chauvin may have been found guilty, but please remember:
THE WORK IS NOT DONE. One conviction doesn’t undo 400+ years of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and systemic injustice. We need to do more and we need to do better.#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter
— Asian Mosaic Fund (@asianmosaicfund) April 20, 2021
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