Nearly twelve months ago, the world saw another unarmed Black person die in the hands of police. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, an incident that was caught on camera by witnesses. It was yet another case of Black lives being slain by law enforcement and while Chauvin would eventually be arrested and charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, there was heavy doubt that the end result would be a guilty verdict. Well, that doubt was erased when a jury for the trial found him guilty on all charges.
A sigh of relief could be felt all around the world, from Twitter to the people who gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Chauvin’s trial was being held. Similar sentiments could be felt within people in the music world, as they took to social media to share their thoughts about the guilty verdict. Some reactions were brief like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion who said, “History,” and “Justice” in their respective posts.
Check out some of the tweets below.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 20, 2021
We still have to fight for justice yall. Remember that “we voted Obama in yay racism is gone!” feeling? Yeah...let’s learn from that. I’m happy for the Floyd family tho. Especially his daughter. But there is still a slew of mountain to climb.
— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) April 20, 2021
Guilty. Hell yeah.
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) April 20, 2021
This is not the end. This is the beginning! The beginning of justice for ALL! pic.twitter.com/3IBSP9Sd68
— COMMON (@common) April 20, 2021
Y’all smoking on the Derek chauvin pack for 4/20 or nah???
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 20, 2021
Lol I’m just as surprised as he is tbh pic.twitter.com/uYbWbeOJsk
— GUAPDAD 4000 (@guapdad4000) April 20, 2021
RIP GEORGE FLOYD 🙏🏼🙏🏼
— RUSS (@russdiemon) April 20, 2021
Now its time to lock up all of them
George Floyd and his family will never be given justice. This is just the start of some accountability.
RIP GEORGE FLOYD
— kennybeats (@kennybeats) April 20, 2021
rest in peace to George Floyd
— Aminé (@heyamine) April 20, 2021
— gallant (@SoGallant) April 20, 2021
Oh shit they actually locking this nigga up ! Let’s go !!
— Cordae' (@cordae) April 20, 2021