You Know Derek Chauvin, guilty of George Floyd's death 2021

You Know Derek Chauvin, guilty of

 George Floyd's death 2021

Hi Friends, 

You can see about of Derek Chauvin. I have spent the last few weeks examining statements issued by school leaders across the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd: 


 

a beloved father, son, and friend. Derek Chauvin, a veteran Minneapolis police officer, killed Floyd on 25 May 2020, while attempting to arrest him. Floyd’s death, and the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, along with the deaths of Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin and far too many other Black men, women, and children at the hands of law enforcement agents have sparked protests in all 50 states and over 60 countries. 

These ongoing public demonstrations, spearheaded in conjunction with Black Lives Matter, have transformed one community’s grief into the largest civil rights movement to date. Accordingly, most of the school leaders’ statements that I reviewed acknowledged the unjust killing of George Floyd and the anti-Blackness prevalent in policing and in society at large. Many statements called to light the anti-Blackness pervasive in schooling. And, several statements, interestingly, made no reference to Black people nor anti-Blackness. The latter is quite troubling and demonstrative of what I call ‘performative wokeness.’ 

In her 2018 article, ‘Performing wokeness,’ Jenna M. Gray referred to performative wokeness as the casual use of key social justice language, notably: ‘internationalist, marginalized, discourse, subjectivity, or any – ism,’ to project an image of being socially conscious regardless of one’s level of activism and beliefs. However, my definition of the term differs slightly. To explain, I was asked to contribute an 800-word opinion piece to Larry Ferlazzo’s blog in response to the question: 

What should teachers learn from the killing of George Floyd? 

My essay, ‘Where was the kindness – for George Floyd?,’ challenged kindness initiatives aimed at developing students’ social and emotional learning skills (Watson 2020). I also called out mostly White ‘educelebs’ who demonstrate performative wokeness while selling schools and districts curricula centred on kindness. I defined performative wokeness as ‘a disingenuous demonstration of an acute awareness of social issues that affect marginalized populations.’ Further, those who embody performative wokeness claim to promote social justice but fail to acknowledge the anti-Blackness present in schools and society. Hence, I urged teachers to abandon promoting manufactured acts of kindness in their school community. Instead, I implored them to: 

encourage young people to call out injustice – in and outside of the schoolhouse, 

provide all students with culturally relevant curricula, and 

employ student data to create effective and affective policies and practices that promote equity, social justice, and the academic success of all students.

Schools reflect society and the state-sanctioned killing of Black people is akin to the ‘spirit murdering’ of Black children that transpires daily in schools and classrooms across the country (Love 2019). 

Nevertheless, Black people in general and Black women and girls in particular have always championed adequate and equitable schooling and remain at the forefront of the nation’s collective conscious and Black America’s fight for educational justice (see Roberts v. Boston, 1850; Brown v. Board of Education, 1954). Organising. Protesting. Striking. Resisting. This special issue, aptly titled, ‘A seat at the table: examining the impact, ingenuity, and leadership practices of Black women and girls in pk-20 contexts,’ was created in their honour. 

The included manuscripts celebrate the contributions of Black women and girls to America’s educational landscape. In my historiography, ‘Harlem’s “motherwork” post-Brown: implications for urban school leaders,’ I highlight the educational advocacy of the ‘Harlem Nine’ after the landmark school desegregation ruling, Brown v.

Board of Education (1954), and recognise Harlem’s long-standing fight for socially just schools. A twelve-member jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis , a case of police brutality and racism that sparked a wave of protests in the United States and the world .  Specifically, Chauvin was found guilty on the charges of murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree and involuntary manslaughter, which together accumulate a maximum penalty of 75 years in prison. But with no criminal record, Chauvin could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison . 

After the reading of the verdict, Chauvin was transferred with handcuffs to a cell to await  the reading of the sentence, which, according to the judge in charge of reading the verdict,it will be released in eight weeks. The final stretch of the trial came in a context of growing tension in the country after the deaths at the hands of police of  Daunte Wright , 20, in Minnesota and Adam Toledo , 13, in Chicago. Uncertainty about the outcome of the trial was lived on the streets of Minneapolis , where at least 3,000 members of the National Guard were deployed to avoid riots. 

President Joe Biden was quick to reach out to Floyd's family  and said he would have loved "to be there to hug them." Later, in a message to the nation, he called the verdict "a giant step in the march toward justice in the United States. "On May 25 of last year, George Floyd was arrested in the city of Minneapolis after a store owner accused him of having paid with a false $ 20 bill . The police responded to the call of the owner of the premises and immediately reduced it to the floor. With several police officers around, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes despite the young African-American's repeated plea: "I can't breathe." His death was recorded by a person who was at the scene and immediately went viral.

" It was a murder in broad daylight and tore off the blinders for the whole world to see systemic racism , a stain on the soul of our nation, the knee on the neck of justice for African Americans," said the Democratic president. "Nothing can bring back his brother, his father," Biden said of George Floyd's death, although Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict "may be a great step forward in the march toward justice in America."

During a telephone conversation with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the US president vowed to push for further reforms on police practices to "live up to the legacy" of the young African American. 

For her part, Vice President Kamala Harris  said "much remains to be done" to combat "racial injustice," which is "a problem for every American and prevents the country from fulfilling its promise of freedom and justice for all . " The more than 600 people gathered in front of the Minneapolis courthouse, who followed the broadcast live from their cell phones, hugged and jumped at each charge announced during the reading of the verdict. "This is not a celebration, it is just the first step. This is a revolution!" shouted one of the protesters with a megaphone and a raised fist.

 

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