If you’ve managed to get through that upsetting video of George Floyd’s 9 minute murder without shedding a few helpless tears, then you are devoid of human emotion. It was the most upsetting thing I have ever witnessed in my life, and I’m so very glad that Derek Chauvin has been convicted of his heinous act. May someone stand on his neck in prison.
Make no mistake, though. We have 17-year-old Darnella Frazier to thank for that conviction. If it weren’t for her video, Chauvin would have gotten off scot free. Certainly the original, laughable report that came out of the Minneapolis police department would have you believe that the incident was no big deal, other than the fact that Floyd died “afterward”. No mention was even made of Floyd’s neck or the crushing thereof.
What Ms. Frazier did took a lot of guts. Guts for miles. I’m sure she knew full well that the neighborhood cops would and will remember her face. She’s no doubt on several hate groups’ hit lists, too, which is a scary prospect. And yet she stood her ground and did what she could. And she later testified at the trial. That’s intimidating at the best of times, but even more so at that age, when it’s such a pivotal case.
I hope to god someone sees fit to pay for Darnella’s further education. We need strong young women with integrity in this world. She’s amazing. I won’t be surprised to hear that she has made other positive impacts on this society in the future. And that’s a good thing, because we definitely still have a long way to go.
Yes, say George Floyd’s name. We should never forget him and what happened to him. But I hope you’ll also say Darnella Frazier’s name. She should be remembered, too, for allowing us to bear witness and see the unvarnished truth. She is a hero. She is a role model for generations to come. We should all be grateful that there are people like her in this world.
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