ROANOKE, Va. – For many, the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin resulted in a complex mixture of emotions. Even though the verdict was swift and decisive, the trauma continues.
“It was just a moment of will justice be served,” questioned activist Bernadette Lark.
“I felt they were going to find him not guilty,” reflected activist Shakeva Lark.
Millions around the world waited to hear the murder conviction of Chauvin with bated breath.
“This is one of those moments where you’ll remember where you were when the verdict came down,” stated Dr. Deneen Evans, a counselor with Mosaic Mental Wellness and Health.
Many were skeptical, many more were ready for the next fight — a new fight that brings on new trauma.
“We all have dealt with societal trauma – trauma that goes back generations,” stated Evans.
Evans says many people need to acknowledge the trauma brought on from these experiences, especially Black Americans.