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Yesterday was a historic day in America with a guilty verdict rendered in Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis. I didn’t watch the proceedings, but I know that many did, and the nation was on pins and needles as the announcement came that a verdict had been reached and forthcoming after less than 12 hours of deliberation.
The book of Deuteronomy, chapter 16, contains one of the most well-known verses in scripture; Justice, justice you shall pursue…even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a book titled, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue-A life’s work fighting for a more perfect union.
She spent an entire lifetime and career seeking justice and equality that which has been so elusive for so many in this country. Yesterday’s verdict may have been a step in the right direction to correct so many wrongs in our society though it came at a great price for two families. One’s life was physically taken and snuffed out, the other will undoubtedly spend his life in isolation and behind bars for many years to come.
How do we act justly? Why must we continue to strive for social justice here and around the world? The differences that we see in one another are miniscule compared to all that uniquely unites us as a worldwide community of people. Whether in our personal or business life, it is incumbent on each of us to reach out for truth, conduct our lives with integrity, and demand fairness going forward.
Commanding us to pursue justice is one thing, doing it for the right reasons takes a bit more strength of the soul and spirit. Yesterday, justice was served but tomorrow the work to complete the task is just beginning. Bring it on, I’m all in on this one. Justice, Justice I will pursue.