“Today we feel a sigh of relief, still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice. This verdict brings us a step closer, and the fact is, we still have work to do. We still must reform the system,” the Vice President said.
“Black men, in particular, have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human…their lives must be valued in our education system, in our healthcare system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation. Full stop,” she continued.
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In his speech, Biden declared that the jury’s decision was “a giant step towards justice in America,” but “not enough.”
“It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see,” he added, declaring systemic racism to be “a stain on our nation’s soul.”
“Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back. But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” he continued.
“Let’s also be clear: such a verdict is much too rare. For so many people, it seems it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors…a murder that lasts almost ten minutes in broad daylight for the whole world to see.”
“It took all of that for the judicial system to deliver basic accountability. We saw how traumatic and exhausting just watching the trial was for so many people,” he said. “It’s a trauma, on top of the fear so many people of color live with every day.”
The President and Vice President also called George Floyd‘s family earlier in the day. Here’s what they said.