Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Chauvin Sentence - 20 to 25 years

 The European American justice system has come to a decision.  The person who killed George Floyd in May 2020 was sentenced to a jail term of 20-25 years.  Not a life sentence.  Not 40 years or even 30 years.  The system of justice in the United States has once again confirmed what it thinks of the value of a black man's life.  Kill a black man while the whole event is videotaped.  Traumatize black people with the images.  Such a crime is only worth 17-20 years of actual jail time.  Time enough for Chauvin to be released to live 20 more years.  That would be 40 more years than George Floyd could have enjoyed with his children, and possible grandchildren.

But on the positive side, it is 20 more years of jail time than what was given those who committed over 3,000 lynching's of black people in the confines of the United States of America.  Typically, those who lynched black people received no jail time.  There was no investigation, no trial.  Only a lynching, often with a smiling crowd of European Americans witness to the event.  If you have 15 minutes to spare, watch the video documentary "Lynching Postcards:  Token of a Great Day".

In May of 2021, Chauvin carried on the great European American lynching tradition when he lynched George Floyd on a public street in the state of Minnesota in these United States of America.  Unlike the leader of past lynching's, Chauvin was actually brought to trial to be held accountable for his actions.  He was found guilty.  That is where the good news ends.  Twenty to 25 years in jail for killing a man on a public street in his role as a public servant, a policeman.  If you created a graph and compared the sentences give to black men and women for crimes committed against European Americans, what would the statistics show?  Would the length of sentences given black "offenders" be longer than those given to European American offenders?

My only view is that the life of George Floyd is worth more than a 20-25 year prison sentence. What do you think?

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