From political upheaval to expanding freedom movements, from freeing political prisoners to a pandemic that exposed the institutionalized white supremacy that threatens Black lives from all corners, 2020 has been a year of change, witness, trauma, grief, joy, healing, and reckoning.
There are many stories that made us all sit up in our seats, stare at our phones, protest inside and outside the halls of powers and in streets across the United States and around the world. I present just a few of them here.
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As we carry the residual impacts of 2020 into the new year, we do so reflecting on the best pathways to liberation and a way forward that truly forces this nation to be “true to what it said on paper.” James Baldwin’s challenge to white America—and to all those who claim to believe in a slow freedom—remains:
“You always told me it takes time. It’s taken my father’s time, my mother’s time, my uncle’s time, my brothers’ and my sisters’ time. How much time do you want…for your progress?”
KENOSHA, WI – AUGUST 26: Lasiya Lakes, 4, raises her fist in the air while chanting Black Lives Matter on August 26, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As the city declared a state of emergency curfew, a fourth night of civil unrest occurred after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. Video shot of the incident appears to show Blake shot multiple times in the back by Wisconsin police officers while attempting to enter the drivers side of a vehicle. The 29-year-old Blake was undergoing surgery for a severed spinal cord, shattered vertebrae and severe damage to organs, according to the family attorneys in published accounts. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
Danielle Outlaw: Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Is A Black Woman For The First Time
Outlaw will take over a department that has been marred by sexual harassment complaints and racial discrimination.<
Bloomberg Regains His Memory On Exonerated Five: ‘I Believe These Men Were In Jail For A Crime They Did Not Commit’
When CBS News reporter Tim Perry asked Bloomberg on Monday if his position had changed since his administration dedicated resources to fighting against the Exonerated Five’s civil suit, he responded that he had “no idea.”
Kamala Harris’ Historic Win Brings Hope, Power To Black Women After Four Hard Years
Black women have historically dared to challenge white supremacy and were long kept from ascending to the heights of power because of it. Harris’ appointment has been a project in building power nearly 400 years in the making. And we’re not done.