Today’s verdict finding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd offers accountability but not justice. Mr. Floyd should be alive today. The verdict is an important step toward racial justice. But only a step.
There is still much work to be done to dismantle the entrenched systems of racism based on white supremacy. People of color live in fear and are losing their lives at alarming rates. One death is too many. Yet more than 180 Black people have been killed while in police custody since Mr. Floyd’s death last May and police violence is a leading cause of death among young Black men.
We honor the grief our community members are feeling at the loss of those who have fallen to racism and hate. And we continue to channel our feelings into meaningful ways that make all outdoor spaces–whether hiking in a National Monument or walking to a local convenience store–safe and welcoming for Black, Indigenous, and all people of color.
We invite those interested to visit 8CANTWAIT.org, a project by Campaign Zero to decrease police violence in our communities. Also, on April 27th at 6:00 PM EST, our friends at the National Wildlife Federation are also hosting a National Town Hall on Increasing Outdoor Safety and Access for Black Communities. You can register here.