Will justice for George Floyd lead to lasting change for Black America?

As a white police officer is finally held to account for a black man’s murder, there is some hope that it might be the beginning of the end of systemic racism in law enforcement – but change will be slow

25th April, 2021
Will justice for George Floyd lead to lasting change for Black America?
People gathered at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis react to the news of a guilty verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin Pic: Getty

In the aftermath of Derek Chauvin’s conviction on second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges last Tuesday, there was a hope that America may have turned a corner.

That, finally, white police officers could be held accountable for the excessive, and often deadly, use of force that has been meted out to unarmed black men and women for decades, largely without fear of consequence.

Chauvin’s conviction for the death of George Floyd...

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