Today’s verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin is our criminal justice system at work. Twelve jurors thoughtfully heard all of the evidence and confirmed what many of us saw with our own eyes: George Floyd was murdered. The difficult circumstances around this tragic event moved our country and the world to confront systemic racism -- to examine our own beliefs and biases and to do more to eradicate racism and ensure equity, respect, and fairness for everyone.
By no means is that work anywhere near complete. But today’s verdict is a meaningful step towards establishing a justice system and a society that truly live up to our aspirations. At Blue Shield of California, we are committed to do our part to help make this dream a reality. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers remain with George Floyd’s family and friends. May they find some peace with this decision.
Paul Markovich is president and chief executive officer of Blue Shield of California.