When Local Becomes Global
As thousands streamed into the church in Houston, Texas, to honor George Floyd yesterday, one story about George from his second-grade teacher revealed so much. She brought a drawing George made of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. On it, George wrote he wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice like his role model.
Justice is what George Floyd’s legacy is all about.
To honor George’s legacy, activists of every color, status, and life experience have marched. We have outnumbered and outlasted rogue elements that for a few nights managed to overwhelm our peaceful efforts, attempting to derail and delay justice once again.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the protesters have a “righteous and important cause.” We have seen police and politicians across the country join with protesters and take a knee, an acknowledgment within ranks of police departments and policymakers of a desire by many to see the use of excessive force outlawed and an end to racial disparity. National Football League Commissioner Pete Goodell reversed the League’s position and apologized to players for wrongly ruling against the free expression started by Collin Kaepernick to protest racial disparities in policing by taking a knee during the national anthem. Untold millions of people of all colors, ages, and status around the world are now taking a knee and will continue until justice is made real. And it’s not enough.