I remember as recently as just last week when hordes of useful idiots were parading around in Minneapolis streets (when they weren’t hurling dangerous objects at police or smashing down storefronts) carrying signs that read “Justice for George” and “Justice for Daunte.” Call me naive, but I assumed that the terms justice and guilty verdict were synonymous.
Then again, I could be forgiven for thinking as much. After all, that was the actual meaning. A Change.org petition ran a banner headline last year that read “#JusticeforFloyd: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.” In this massive social undertaking is an explicit connection to trial outcomes being tied to the notion of justice. Moreover, the hackneyed expression of “no justice, no peace” unequivocally states as much. A sentence from the Wikipedia page dedicated to that phrase observes “[a]fter the acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder case, the chaplain of the University of Pennsylvania said, ‘A lack of justice has resulted in a lack of peace.’” And news articles’ headlines, for instance one in Pop Sugar, declared that “[t]here is still no justice in the Breonna Taylor case” in a piece published the day Kentucky’s black attorney general declined to press charges against officers.
Now, the Chauvin jurors might miss these obvious connections, but the rest of America would notice a pattern of ideas like justice and guilt going hand in hand.
Amazingly, this universally understood position has shifted in the course of just a day. Immediately upon hearing that Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vice President Kamala Harris, and President Joe Biden, capitalized on the verdict to foist even more egregious societal transformation on the plebes. They got what they wanted in the moment, but the fact is that there would cease to be a Democrat party if there were no more manufactured problems to which they could offer insincere and manufactured solutions.
For that reason, Keith Ellison was speaking in front of cameras within fifteen minutes of the guilty verdict to redefine meaning and language. He said: “I would not call today’s verdict justice…because justice implies true restoration, but it is accountability.” AOC decided that “this isn’t justice” at all, and that justice would mean him returning to his family. Of course, had he complied and survived, Floyd’s resulting arrest and presumable prison stint would still have delayed that process by some time.
In his national address, President Biden referenced the guilty-on-all-counts verdict with “but it’s not enough,” before adding “let’s also be clear that such a verdict is also much too rare.” Kamala Harris said that a “guilty verdict wasn’t enough” and her sister tweeted her judicial sagacity that “a just verdict isn’t the same as justice.”
Hold on a second. Accountability? Not enough? Not justice at all? Weren’t marchers, protestors, rioters, and the like all demanding justice in the form of a murder conviction this past year? The answer to that rhetorical question is yes. Daily articles covered the growing “unrest,” as it was labeled, to include other headlines such as the one Business Insider ran in a long-form article: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the FBI is now investigating Floyd’s death. But many protesters argue that justice will not be served until the police officers are convicted.” (The italics are my own emphasis).
Ellison, AOC, Harris, and Biden are not alone. Every propagandist news outlet is publishing the same script-based tripe in the wake of concluded trial. USA Today had a headline almost instantly saying “Derek Chauvin’s conviction is progress, but it ‘will do nothing to change’ urban policing on its own.” The Atlantic had one saying “Chauvin’s Conviction Is the Exception That Proves the Rule.” Without a doubt, it must be truly miserable to be on the left. The only two options are sheer misery and unquellable outrage (see: riots) or existential defeatism and perpetual joylessness (see: guilty verdict). Life is bad when it’s bad and it’s imminently bad when it’s good.
None of this is to say there was no stake in the verdict. No question, a return of not guilty on any of the three counts would have resulted in unprecedented death and destruction. The 3,000+ National Guard, local, state, and out-of-state law enforcement officers, and the endless plywood-covered windows portended utter anarchy. Everyone expected it; leftists because they think the system will never do blacks right (and still do, regardless of this outcome) and conservatives because they watched the trial and analyzed the evidence.
However, if and when that dust had settled, the chaos would have been used to justify demands for systemic reform. The black terrorism unleashed on American cities would have continued until such reform was enacted. But look where we are now. The verdict is in, the terrorists are appeased, and every leader at a local, state, and national level is calling for the very same reform that would have been sought anyways. It’s two different paths to reach the same destination.
Another unsettling reality to this entire episode of fake justice is that there will always be another George Floyd. The jury thought they were doing themselves, and indeed society, a favor by appeasing the mob and cutting Chauvin open atop the pyramid. By allowing his beating heart to be ripped out and his oozing blood to stain the steps, they reasoned that the BLM gods would be sated. But it never works that way.
Already, there have been new George Floyds, taking the form of Daunte Wright and others. Reports out of Ohio indicate that the left wants to make a martyr out of the vicious, knife-wielding teenager Ma’Khia Bryant. Because there will always be black criminals, and arguably more who now feel additionally unfettered by civil norms, there will always be police shootings of blacks. (Just to point out the obvious, eliminating police won’t eliminate these nefarious elements.) Ergo, there will always be police shootings of blacks. Society will go around and around and around. The jury might have thought they were the day, but it cannot save us from all days ahead.
Ultimately, the guilty verdict does not make one iota of a difference. As has been made abundantly clear by the perfunctory performances in speech and writing, the leftist demagogues, black terrorists, and communist revolutionaries will never be happy. Guilty or not guilty, today’s messaging is indistinguishable. Justice is out, accountability is in, and the system needs to go.