Last Friday, the nation mourned the loss of one of the greatest American civil rights leaders of all time. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., passed away after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
If you’re anything like me, the Black Lives Matter movement has caused you to second guess everything you thought you knew about our country’s controversial history. I went to a small high school that had little to no diversity from students to staff, which is reflected in the gaps in my education. Personally, Juneteenth was a major awakening for me. Though June 19 was the day that the last enslaved people were emancipated in Texas, I had never heard about it before.
Over the course of the past six months, the COVID-19 crisis has reshaped politics, economics and culture around the world, drastically influencing major institutions. Significant political figures, from Jair Bolsonaro to Boris Johnson to Jacinda Ardern, have either enhanced or marred both their personal reputations and those of their respective nations through their approaches to the pandemic. However, the response to the pandemic presents a generation-defining moment for one oft-overlooked entity: the European Union.
Even a nationwide lockdown and pervasive social distancingbrought on by a dangerous pandemic is not enough to stop mass shootings in the United States. For more than four months, Americans have had significantly limited social interaction and they have stayed away from most other humans, either as a result of their own decisions or the decisions of others. Yet mass shooting events have not waned.
The growing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in ways previously unimaginable to citizens around the world. Billions of children, workers and students around the world have had a complete 180 turn in their regular lifestyles. This incredibly infectious disease has managed to completely dismantle our society and reshape our social norms. In these difficult times, it is imperative that our school, state and national leaders apply a sociological lens to understand how different groups in the United States are experiencing this pandemic.
A classic illustration of the problematic side of racial justice work is highlighted in the hit HBO series “Insecure,” where the leading character Issa Dee finds herself, a well-intentioned Black millennial, navigating her unfulfilling career in a hilariously tone-deaf, mostly white nonprofit organization.
Make America Great Again — the motto of our current president, in reference to the distressed economy of the United States during the 2016 election. What if, however, America was never great in the first place? What if America does not need to return to the past, but reach for a new level of greatness?
Content warning: The story you soon will read involves nothing more than the violence we endure every day under colonial-white supremacist-ableist-capitalist-heteropatriarchy. Some characters may be familiar: the police, the landlord, domestic abuser/stalker and a neoliberal university.