Center Statement following the Derek Chauvin Trial
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Yesterday’s verdict finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd brings up heavy, complicated emotions. While it is a moment of relief that acknowledges the racist system of policing that led to Floyd’s death, we also recognize that true justice is not granted by one prosecution, and that breaking down systemic racism and white supremacy, and ending police brutality, requires systemic transformation to usher in a better world.
Though the trial is over, we recognize the toll that this and surrounding events have taken on our communities. Many have witnessed and experienced continued acts of racism and violence toward Black people, Asian people, and people of color. Know that The Center is here to support you. All are welcome to take part in the range of support groups we offer for youth and adults. Additionally, the following support resources may also be useful for those seeking a dedicated space for mental health support during this time:
- The Association of Black Psychologists – Therapist Resource Directory
- Asian American Psychological Association
- Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations
The Center still stands unequivocally with the Black Lives Matter movement for justice and supports the activism and voices of Black people, including those at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. We remain committed to making substantive, structural change as an organization so that our work and our role in the LGBTQ community will be more thoroughly intersectional and racially equitable.
Additionally, we encourage you to take the time to learn about some organizations that are working to dismantle systems of oppression and uplift Black communities. If you are able, please consider donating to support their vital work.