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Verdict in Chauvin Trial

by James J. Greenfield, OSFS, ’84 Apr 20, 2021

Dear University Community:

Having learned of the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, I write to assure you of the ongoing commitment of DeSales University to address and redress the evil of racism when it impacts our community.  While this historic trial occurred well over 1,100 miles from our campus, its significance for our nation beckons us all to reflect on the power of racism to threaten and even extinguish human life.  This sin is a painful wound for humanity; its persistence chronically infects our society and harms, in fresh ways, the dignity of people of color.

I recall the statement of Pope Francis who spoke these words in addressing the death of Mr. Floyd last year: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”  

I remind us of our commitment to gentleness, a University core value, especially in responding to the opinions, perspectives, and ideas of others, especially on social media.  May our words and actions never approach the violence that dehumanizes our shared dignity.  

Please remember that the resources of the University are available to you, if you would need them.  The Office of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionWellness Center, and Campus Ministry are able to help respond to difficulties in response to this national event.    

Please join me in praying for a peace that ends injustice and violence.


James J. Greenfield, OSFS, ’84