Sometimes, events far away have such deep repercussions, or hit us in such a personal way, that they feel like they are happening to us.
For many, that's the case with the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd ten months ago. The video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May has sparked outcry all over the world.
The trial, now in its second week, has America watching with breath held, both because of the pain of reliving the events of Floyd's killing, and because of uncertainty around the eventual verdict, and what that could mean in our own cities and towns.
The Boston Globe's Kimberly Atkins has also been speaking about why a trial fourteen hundred miles away is so painful, and so important, to our Greater Boston community. Atkins is a senior opinion writer at the Boston Globe, an inaugural columnist for The Emancipator — a new publication in Boston's abolitionist tradition created by the Globe and Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research — and a WBUR contributor.
This segment aired on April 5, 2021.