It is the end of 2020 and to most this final week could not have arrived a moment sooner.
In what many folk recognize as one of the longest and hardest years in memory, we head to 2021 with renewed optimism, clarity, remembrance, and hope.
To survive 2020 means so much more than what we imagined it would mean when the year started.
With the new year comes new resolutions, plans and goals. Whether we share them publicly or just in our journals, what we have planned for 2021 will span the range of relationships, jobs, finances, children, education, and artistic endeavors, all the way to self-help and self-care, breaking free, moving on, and taking flight.
With only a few days remaining in the year, now is also a good time to reflect on what we learned and what we can leave behind.
We learned some hard lessons. Lessons like ignoring science has deadly consequences.
We learned that essential workers include those who we expect to provide service to us when/where/and how often we want them, regardless of how little they are paid.
We learned that the constitution is a mere suggestion to the GOP.
We learned that a significant portion of the electorate is the marketing target of Russia.
We learned that systemic racism is so universal and pervasive that it still remains invisible to most white people.
We learned, again, that social media counts on Black users even as it targets Black users with disinformation, harassment, threats, and violence.
We learned that protest is sanctioned for some, excused for others, and seen as a threat to Democracy when Black folk do it.
We learned that cages don’t have an expiration date.
We learned that chronically underfunded public schools and underpaid teachers are still expected to produce educated kids, fed kids, high testing kids, and kids who get good grades, who are ready for higher education, and who are socially adept even though they are in isolation.