What Good Is a Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd?

What Good Is a Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd?

People visit a memorial and mural that honors George Floyd in Houston's Third Ward where Mr. Floyd grew up on June 8, 2020 in Houston.Mercy is best enjoyed by the living. The dead, as far as we know, can’t receive the tangible benefits that usually come with a pardon for a criminal act. They can’t get the restoration of their civil rights, such as the right to vote or to serve on a jury. They can’t collect money from the state that would allow them to rebuild their lives. But that doesn’t mean the deceased can’t be pardoned. Lenny Bruce received a posthumous pardon (for obscenity), and so did Oscar Wilde (homosexuality). Such pardons are largely symbolic, a way of reckoning with an unjust past. They are more for the living than the dead. On Monday the family of George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in May…View Original Post

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