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Kansas City Reacts To Chauvin Verdict | Useful Delusions

Rev. Darron Edwards reacts to the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin during a press conference Tuesday evening near 18th and Vine where local clergy gathered following the trial to address the outcome.
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Rev. Darron Edwards spoke about the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin during a press conference with local clergy on April 20, 2021 near 18th and Vine.

Kansas City community leaders react to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, and NPR host reveals 'the power and paradox of the self-deceiving brain.'

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: From relief to surprise, Kansas City faith leaders offer their thoughts on the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Former police officer Chauvin, on trial for the death of George Floyd last spring, was found guilty on all three charges against him; murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree, and manslaughter in the second degree. According to Reverend Darron Edwards, “It was one drop of justice but it cannot quench the dehydration of centuries of injustice. But I will say to you that yesterday felt like a good rain."

Segment 2, beginning at 27:48: A common belief is that self-deception is a bad thing, but Shankar Vedantam points out it can be quite useful.

Whether going through a traumatic experience, raising a child, or worrying about the safety of a loved one, the NPR host argues that delusions can enhance our abilities to get through difficult times, and even live healthier lives. "While self-deception might not be seeing the world accurately, it might perform a functional role in our lives," according to Vedantam.

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