Accountability. We still need to seek justice.
Those thoughts ran through our minds this afternoon as we watched the jury deliver guilty verdicts on all three counts in the trial of a Minneapolis police officer for the murder of George Floyd last May.
Today’s verdict is a critical moment in a long overdue addressing of the systemic racism and historical injustices that continue to persist in our country.
This verdict does not bring back George Floyd nor does it erase the deep pain of his family and loved ones. Nor does it absolve us of the work that lies ahead. Individually and collectively, we must continue to address issues of systemic racism, economic injustice, and other social inequities. We must not rely solely on our colleagues who are members of historically marginalized communities to lead us through these efforts.
It is all of our work to do, Cougs.
Provost and Executive Vice President
Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President, Division of Student Affairs