Top 5 Life Altering Events in 2020!

Donald Trump impeachment, Covid19, Black Lives Matter Movement, 2020 has been quite the year

Eboné Chatman

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 13th, 2020 5:14 pm pst

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So far 2020 has taken us on an unexpected journey full of stress, joy, laughter, panic and anger, and lucky for us it hit all at once. It’s hard to process emotions when you are dealing with so much all at one time. 

We are all living through a time unlike any other, which means that we are living through history, better yet making history. There has been a shift in the air so deep you can feel it, which can only mean one thing, change is coming. 

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the top 5 life changing events in 2020.  

1. The President of the United States Donald J. Trump was the 3rd President in history to be impeached and acquitted by the Senate.

2. The tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, Giana Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan on Sunday, January 26th.

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3. CorinaVirus outbreak was discovered in China in December 2019 and by March 2020 it was a worldwide pandemic, causing the whole world to shut down restaurants, businesses, nail salons etc until further notice. Even big annual events like South by Southwest, Coachella, the 2020 Olympics, and concerts were postponed or canceled. 

4. On May 25th Geroge Floyd, 46 was murdered by a police officer, who kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while arresting him for suspension of check fraud. George’s death followed 2 other tragic deaths of young innocent members of the Black community. Breonna Taylor, 26 who was shot and killed on March 13th sleeping in her home by police officers who did not identify themselves when breaking the door open. The officers responsible have yet to be arrested. Ahmaud Arbery, 25 was killed on February 23rd by an ex-cop and his son in Georgia claiming to make a citizen’s arrest and self-defense statues.

a. The weight and pressure of all three of these souls, in addition to the thousands of others that have been murdered by police, created an uproar that can literally be heard around the world. Everyone joined in a world-wide protest to fight for justice and equality for the victims’ families and also for the Black community. 

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5. 2020 is an Election Year, in November people will get a chance to vote for Joe Biden the Democratic nominee, or Donald Trump the Republician nominee for his second term in office. 

All 5 of these topics are important, but what’s on everyone’s mind right now is the world-wide protest for justice, plus staying safe from Covid19. These past few months have been very taxing as everyone is stuck in the house and full of emotion. This global pandemic came fast and hasn’t left. Most of us thought it would be a 2 week lockdown, however we are on month four with no sign of it ending soon. The only silver lining is some businesses are slowly opening, but with precautions. 

This pandemic has allowed us all to take a step back and really reflect on the life we were living. How can we improve friendships, careers and business? This is a time for reflection and/or picking up a new hobby, however it’s not missed that this is also a very devastating time for people. Many have lost their jobs, and with that the ability to support themselves and their families. 

The thing that I think we will gain from this pandemic is the ability to really stretch our understanding of the traditional work space and explore other options for people. This is such a creative time as companies have adjusted and put together full tv shows virtually as well as proms, graduations and concerts. 

The other topic that has everyone talking and finally listening, is the global protests in support of the Black community. Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Paris, Minneapolis, Toyoko and many more states, countries, and cities are standing up for injustice. This is a beautiful sight to see, to know that the whole world sees the oppression of a community as a global problem. Racism is rooted in American culture and is undeniable at this point, we can no longer ignore it. 

One of our reporters James Maple protested for 8 days straight and gave an account of his experience on his instagram through a series of open letters and videos. 

This time is scary, but it also is a time to bring families closer and can be used as a teaching moment as our reporter Toree Weaver wore an open letter to parents and grandparents, An Open Letter To Those Who Passed The Torch

Our reporter Sana wrote an amazing letter to all the beautiful Black souls that are no longer with us due to the police bruity we are fighting against, The Heartfelt Letter Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Kevin Matthews and More Never Got to Read

If you are having issues processing all the deep and complex issues that are being talked about right now, here are some resources from our very own Alexandria Jordan who has the best practices to keep your mental health in check in her article Black mental health resources for people trying to cope and survive in America. You can also check out her article on where to donate if you have been feeling like you want to contribute, but don’t know where to start Different Ways To Donate and Support Black Lives Matter Movement

A few final thoughts, with all of these life changing moments happening all at once, let’s take a minute to really think, is 2020 canceled? Maybe we are exactly where we need to be. It’s uncomfortable, but is that what we need for real change to come. I love this thought on 2020 by Lesile Dwight below. 

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Eboné Chatman is a host at Afterbuzz TV and a freelance blogger. She works at the Oprah Winfrey Network and is all about pop culture

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