Moment or Momentum

As any change-maker knows, a crisis can also present opportunities to affect positive change. The summer of 2020 was one such crisis that became a flashpoint moment in American racial politics. The mass demonstrations of that moment and the resulting commitment of attention and resources towards addressing social and racial inequality was an encouraging, even galvanizing development. How do we evaluate America’s most significant racial reckoning of the 21st Century after two years have cooled the passion of that moment? Was it only a moment?

Two years later, the data still show stark disparities between Black and Latino communities and their non-Black and Brown peers in many areas of life, including wealth, representation, and equitable access to healthcare. Access to the vote is being systematically limited, as Democracy comes under threat, along with a host of other long-established personal freedoms. Will it be business as usual? Was 2020 a blip on the radar? Or will we ensure that the commitments of 2020 are part of a true and sustained drive towards realizing equity?

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