The end of 2020 gave many a sense of great relief. It was one of the most challenging years that we had faced. Insecurity at work, difficulties at home, distrust of the authorities, concerns about deadly police brutality, and a pandemic that has killed almost 2 million people to date. These were no small concerns, and many were glad to leave the year behind.
However, despite the enthusiasm for 2021, a new realization has crept in. The difficulties of 2020 were not the result of fate or magic, but merely of the systems we have built, or failed to build. This includes tangible things – public healthcare and fair taxation, accountability for police officers and politicians – but also systems that are less tangible but equally important, such as systems of power, privilege, and prejudice. These systems, good and bad, affect us all.
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