We are collectively arriving at a greater understanding of how racism operates in us and in our country, how deep its roots run, and how entrenched it is. We understand now better than ever before that the road to racial justice is still very long. We know that a guilty verdict is not enough to bring about the monumental change that is required to dismantle a racist system, centuries old. Yet, I trust that, this time, the movement toward justice cannot be stopped or delayed.
The arc of the moral universe bent this week toward justice. It didn’t bend by itself though—people bent it. George Floyd bent it, his family bent it, the jury bent it, Black Lives Matter bent it, masses of people bent it together.
A guilty verdict is not enough. Rabbi Heschel’s words come to mind, “some are guilty; all are responsible.” We are all responsible.
As this fateful week comes to an end and as a new stage in the struggle for justice begins, may we redouble our commitment to bending the arc of the universe toward justice.