George Floyd art

On April 20, a Minneapolis jury convicted ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death.

A black man pays with his life, and how! for using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill to buy cigarettes, while white collar crime either gets swept under the carpet, or does not receive punishment in proportion to the crime committed. Clearly we all see this. We also see that neither does Derek Chauvin represent all law enforcement individuals, nor does  George Floy’s skin color mean that all blacks  are criminals. 

Being an elderly Hispanic/US citizen woman enables me to stand on neutral ground. While I respect the law in all aspects of my life, I feel the pain of the George Floyds of society. 

George Floyd’s life must not be forgotten. On the contrary, it should give the oxygen he desperately needed in the last few minutes of his life to those of us who want change – change on both sides of the equation. 

  1. Those in law enforcement must not immediately assume that a dark skinned individual in questionable settings is the criminal. 

  1. Young blacks and other minorities must not declare triumph as a result of Derek Chauvin’s trial outcome, since the danger here would be a potential defiant attitude toward those in law enforcement. 

  1. Parents of children inclined to become law enforcers, teach them to be sensitive toward people of all races, since the reality is that we are all human beings, regardless of skin color. 

  1. Parents of rebellious children, guide them in the right direction before you find yourself mourning their loss. Do build on the qualities you tearfully talk about that your loved ones possessed, before they are in a coffin. 

Marcela Gaumer 

Colorado Springs 

Editor's note: Letters to the editor have not been edited nor fact-checked.