Today the rule of law and our system of justice prevailed finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd. We have finally seen a measure of accountability for excessive and deadly force by police officers against citizens of color. But no amount of justice will bring George Floyd, or Daunte Wright, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, or countless others back to their families. We have much more to do as individuals, as a University, and as a nation to fight against the systemic racism and social injustice that have been the bloody stain on the American experiment in democracy since 1619.
Please be assured that we remain acutely focused on our work in antiracism, building greater understanding of the ways in which our society is infected with systemic racism, and collectively working toward solutions. It is vitally important work. We are each accountable for delivering on this commitment.