It’s impossible to know how future generations will look back on 2020 and remember it. If I had to single out one issue that has consumed the most of my thoughts, it would be the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent calls for police reform and the strengthening of the Black Lives Matter movement.
As Alex Jackson writes in this issue, on May 25, when officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, everything changed. As difficult as it had been to adjust to the stay-in-place protocols of COVID-19 and the new post-virus world, responding to and dealing with the coronavirus was simple by comparison. Wash your hands, wear a mask, avoid large groups. In essence, be smart. Not fun, far from ideal, but clear.
When it comes to reforming the police and addressing the deeply-rooted systems that perpetuate inequality in America, Floyd’s death and the ensuing events have reinforced that the need for radical change is equally clear. What isn’t as clear, and what keeps