At the beginning of the year, I remember being so excited that it was finally 2020. Something
about those "seemingly perfect" pairs of digits filled my friends and me with joy. We thought,
This is it, guys! This is the year we go all in! Show up and show out!
Little did we know we'd be doing exactly that just not in the way we envisioned. This year would bring more than we expected.
As we all know, the infamous COVID-19 took a turn for the worst at the end of 2019 well into
now, 2020. It changed not just the lives of those diagnosed but the lives of the world as a whole. I think I speak for most when I say we never imagined a global pandemic happening in today's time, especially with as far as we've come in today's medicine and governmental systems that are supposed to be prepared for things like this. Though as I write this in the midst of quarantine/social distancing, I can say it's taught me quite a lot actually. It's mainly taught me; the few good people that I have, and the things I have are precious, and time is limited and not to take any of that for granted.
Another thing I'm sure you've heard about is the tragic murder of #GeorgeFloyd and the impact that it's had on not only the nation but also neighboring countries. George is one of the MANY innocent Black people murdered by yet another police officer(s), that the government was going to let go without as much as a slap on the wrist. His murder sparking another one of the biggest Black Lives Matter protests in the country, causing all 50 states (plus the UK, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, France, Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Israel, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil and Australia) to participate.
It's sad to see that we live in a society where the insidious cultural disease called racism is still very much alive. But this is the end of the line for this type of behavior.
We are making sure that his perpetrators are served, and justice is delivered.
Some #positive things I can say I've seen from this tragic incident is the world coming together in such a beautifully united way. When have we ever known all 50 states to come together, and especially for something as serious as the Black Lives Matter movement? Despite all the anti-protestors, the police rushing and throwing tear gas at the peaceful protesters, I can say I've never been more proud of my people and others for standing with us through it all.
To be clear, we aren't just marching for the 4 officers involved, we're marching for all Black lives, dead and alive. We're trying to change the world for the long run this time, no half effort is accepted.
We aren't waiting for the world to go back to normal, we're ready to build something new!
With all of this going on and more so far this year, word on the street is that 2020 is cancelled. But I actually think the opposite and here's a poem by Leslie Dwight to sum up why it might not be -
I think we should have a positive outlook on this year and all the things it's taught everyone and what's to come after it's all said and done. We can come back from this stronger than ever and even more united if we just stick together and continue the fight for what's right.
We won't stop until we get what's been well overdue. Equality and human rights for Black people in American society.
High School Senior
Class of 2021