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A Radical Year

-Puja Devarasetty

This year has been quite radical — COVID-19, quarantine, lost jobs, George Floyd’s death, looting, police reform — but regardless, our lives go on. Late George Floyd said, “I can’t breathe,” a common theme through this year.

The incident of George Floyd’s death caused a prodigious amount of chaos. Opportunists took advantage of protesters by breaking into small businesses and looting. These small businesses have already been hurting from decreased customers for an extended period of time. All things considered, small businesses are in larger losses than they can handle. This applies to many small business owners our Indian community in the United States as well. With empty pockets, business owners have no breathing space. Looters are not even fined or arrested due to extreme police occupancy, but instead guided out of the area in cars filled with stolen goods. Regardless, the significance of racial prejudice in our communities is unacceptable and extensively requiring reform. Peaceful protesters along with harsh rioters have been dispersed with brutal methods such as rubber bullets and tear gas. Police brutality has caused many incidents including the death of George Floyd, an 18-year-old boy getting shot in the face with a rubber bullet and civilians with asthma unable to catch their breath when their lungs are filled with tear gas. Change is necessary and unfortunately difficult to achieve but is the only way to move forward. Though 2020 has been quite the challenge, we’ve stayed strong so far. We are facing hardships, we made it through in the past, and we will make it through this time as well. Even though this year has suffocated us we can only keep breathing, and keep pushing through the hard times, united — Alone Together.


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