As I write to you tonight, I would like to preface that this article, while still hopefully filled with substance, will be somewhat shorter than previous, simply because as I progress through the argument, you will realize that my job tonight is to not simply report the facts and advise a resolve, but simply provide a question to allow you to ponder. As you read what I humbly place in front of you tonight, I hope that what I suggest can, to some extent, resonate with you, sparking a discussion about the countries legal system and our preconceived notions of morality in our country.
Tonight we focus on the Derek Chauvin trial, which has just recently concluded with the former officer being found guilty of all crimes, sentencing to take place on the 16th of June. Mr. Chauvin now faces up to a maximum of 75 years in prison for his crimes, and while many Americans have rejoiced at the fact that the legal system has taken its due course, there are many questions why we are celebrating in the first place.
No dear reader, don’t get the wrong impression! We all know I am a gay, liberal, Canadain-American who has expressed his hopefully neutral opinion on several articles, all of which let's say has a “left-leaning” quality to them, however, in the interest of semantics, one is obliged to logically review the facts of the legal system that has been put to the test. As anyone knows, it is the legal system that governs the citizens of this country. The outline is simple.
There are rules.
You follow said rules.
If you don’t follow said rules you are punished by the courts.
While generally simplified, this ideology is one that is instilled into us from a young age and incentivizes us to observe the law to the best of our ability. However, with the conviction of an officer, who by the majority of public opinion has deemed to be an aggressor in a matter of civilian interaction, we as a country have achieved the bare minimum of what the law entails us to do.
It is at this moment that I pose to you this question dear reader: What can we do? We are the future, so what is it that we as the voice of tomorrow can do to ensure that the bare minimum no longer is such, but the national standard. Our country stands for the equal rights of all, but are we truly a land of equality if the general public believes that a guilty verdict in a system that is supposed to work a majority of the time, is merely a phenomenon?
As always dear reader… There is always the chance of a better tomorrow, what can you do to make it a reality?