There is little doubt in the minds of many that the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial was intimidated. And there is a multitude of evidence to affirm these concerns. From recent rioting to the high profile nature of the case. Even elected officials from the local level to the President have weighed in on the jury’s decision with the expectation of a guilty verdict. The jury was well aware that an acquittal would be threatening to their communities and lives, and perhaps also aware that no one would offer them protection in the state of Minnesota.
Nonetheless, jury duty is a serious undertaking as a citizen. The Founding Fathers believed that our nation should have courts of justice, and that juries could nullify indictments, in instances of government overreach. However the verdict rendered unto Derek Chauvin was not one of justice. It was a social justice verdict.
Social Justice is a Marxist term that is distinct from actual justice. In Marxism we have a power dynamic between the bourgeoise and the proletariat classes. In Cultural Marxism this dynamic is applied to various demographics and there is always an oppressor and a victim. Within Critical Race Theory, a product of Cultural Marxism, black people are systemically oppressed by the white man. Social Justice is where actions are undergone to rectify these perceived power dynamics.
For instance, reparations are a prominent example of the Social Justice that Critical Race Theorists ask for. This policy is far removed from actual justice as it steals from those who did not do wrong to give to those who were not actually wronged.
Within the context of Derek Chauvin, by no means was he completely innocent. But there was no evidence of intent to murder George Floyd. Yet the jury convicted him of murder with intent and murder without intent nonetheless, keenly aware of the consequences of failing to do so. Guilty on all counts may yet spare their lives, the city of Minneapolis, the livelihood of cities across America. It’s a feeble attempt to reenact The Lottery with dubious chances of success. It’s a modern day human sacrifice.