Today (April 19) is the day for closing arguments to the Jury from prosecution and defense in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Thence the jury of citizens will take up the matter and make the final decision – well, their final decision. At this moment, no one knows for sure the outcome or the future. We all have the opportunity for our own opinions. I’ve heard a few.
What I have to say I’ve said at the originating post as amended, which you can review here. At the end of that post, most recently amended Tuesday morning, April 20, I say what I might rule, if given the responsibility.
Today my choice of activity was to pass on the oral argument and go instead to my personal ‘pilgrimage place’, the site of GandhiMahal Restaurant which burned to the ground, last May 29, part of the aftermath of May 25, 2020.
I took a few photos. Here are two:
The neighborhood, which I have visited often over the months since late May, 2020, still shows evidence of the demonstrations, but there are definite signs of recovery. Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal, has to be an optimist, fencing his property with Bamboo grass, or so it appears. He is a man of peace, and I am sure he has something planned for his lot, though I don’t know what that might be.
None of us have any idea about what may or may not happen once a Jury verdict is announced.
People do have thoughts. A lady I’ve known and respected for over 20 years, Carole, sent a link to her personal website, here. She is working with others to build forward.
Yesterday came an e-mail from a friend which deserves attention.
Fr. Harry Bury, activist Priest best known from the 1960s, but in more recent times leader of the local Twin Cities Nonviolent, which for the past three years or so has done a major 10 day event around September 21, wrote this to me, yesterday:
COMMENTS ARE SOLICITED (also see end of post)
from Jeff: I am expecting guilty of 3rd degree homicide and 2nd degree manslaughter, and 7 to 10 years. And that outcome I fear will not make activists happy, but should enliven the opportunists who follow them after 10pm to damage peoples lives like your friend and his restaurant.
from Steve: I do remember Fr. Bury and agree with the words you’ve quoted here. Thanks for the reminder of this life dedicated to healing and justice.
from Fr. Paul: GREAT thoughts, Dick.
from Tony: Thanks. Nice work.
POSTNOTE April 22, 2021: All is calm after the Tuesday verdicts in Minneapolis. But all is not finished at all, not here, not in this country. This mornings Just Above Sunset summarizes the terrain: “The Dust Settled” .
I took another drive down to the GandhiMahal neighborhood yesterday afternoon. It was a chilly day; everything was quiet. Quite obviously city officials had braced for trouble. The windows of the Library across the alley from the restaurant lot had been covered with plywood. The library has been open since January, but access is through the back door. Inside, the library was…a library. A man was there with his infant, etc. But not yet the same.
Not a thread of bamboo had been interfered with on the Gandhi Mahal “wall”. A workman was doing some work on what quite obviously will be an outdoor stage for some as yet unknown event, I’m guessing on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. But I don’t know.
Some collapsed sidewalk from last year is about the only remnant of the chaos a year ago. It may be there intentionally. We shall see.
I’m posting a few last thoughts at the March 29 post, if you wish….
With wishes for peace and justice for all.