MSNBC’s Jason Johnson Says Derek Chauvin Verdict Was “Cultural Make-Up Call,” Asserts That “Radical Reform” Is Still Necessary

Dr. Jason Johnson attends the 2019 Politicon at Music City Center on October 26, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jason Johnson, a political science professor and regular MSNBC commentator, reacted to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict by telling us how far we have yet to go in the pursuit of “justice.”

He said Tuesday during MSNBC’s coverage of the Chauvin verdict that he has “no sense of satisfaction” and that it does not show our system “working.”

“I actually always thought that he would be found guilty because it’s sort of a cultural make-up call,” Johnson said. “But I’m not happy. I’m not pleased. I don’t have any sense of satisfaction. I don’t think this is the system working. I don’t think this is a good thing.”

“What this says to me is that in order to get a nominal degree of justice in this country, that a black man has to be murdered on air, viewed by the entire world, there have to be a year’s worth of protests, and a phalanx of other white police officers to tell one white officer that he was wrong, in order to get one scintilla of justice. That doesn’t make me feel happy. That doesn’t make me feel satisfied,” he added.

Johnson concluded by saying that “this is the justice system trying to say, ‘Hey, this is one bad apple'” and by calling for “radical reform.”


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