The Summer of 2020

The Summer of 2020
By Ronda Watson Barber

The summer of 2020.  There are so many words to describe it. It’s been hot! Not only has the temperature hit records highs, so have the quest for change in America. The Summer of 2020 will be memorable.  The Summer of 2020 has been chaotic! One fire on a multitude of levels.  Change is going on. A global pandemic is occurring and in the U.S., because of the lack of federal leadership Black folks are dying at disproportional rates. The coronavirus has devastated our economy.  Unemployment is high. Big and small businesses are closing as a result of astay at home orders and other government health decrees. Revised professional sports seasons. Civil unrest and protests are happening in the streets.  Racism is being called out.  Racism is also being practiced and promoted from the highest branches of government. Our country is being bullied by a minority of our citizenry, remember the racist impeached president didn’t win the popular vote in 2016.  The Summer of 2020 shows the continued demand for equity in housing, health, education,  you name it.  There has been a fierce call for justice in policing.  A national racial reckon with the decries of Black Lives Matter. Voter suppression. The attempts the disband United States Postal Service. An upcoming presidential election.

What will the push for equity bring?  What will the results of the tumultuous Summer of 2020?  What part are you playing in this historical time in America? What stories will you share with your grandchildren about how you worked to make things better in 2020? 

Just my thoughts…rwb

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