Reflections on America in this moment

Maybe I focus on “micro” things because those bigger “macro” things just leave me feeling hopeless and defeated. Waking up in an America in which 100,000 of us have died from a virus which could have been fought with seriousness and competence but cynically wasn’t because Trump chose the stock market; waking up in an America in which seemingly every Republican just doesn’t give a damn about those deaths and takes no responsibility for the failure to prevent them; waking up in an America in which yet more black men are threatened and killed by vigilante civilians and cruel cops; waking up in an America in which there seem so few ties that bind in a way that suggests we can arrive at a better place, together; waking up in an America in which human dignity seems to be a gift afforded to some and pointedly denied to others; waking up in an America in which the racial hatred that fueled southern slavery is still alive and well, and prouder and louder than ever, it seems; waking up in an America in which I feel ashamed, horrified, frightened for the future and above all, despondent.  Waking up in that America breaks my heart.

About the Author
Nina has a long history of working in the non-profit, philanthropic, and government sectors. She has also been an opinion writer for The Jewish Week, and a contributor to The New Normal, a disabilities-focused blog. However, Nina is most proud of her role as a parent to three unique young adults, and two rescue dogs, whom she co-parents with her wiser, better half.
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