Sometimes I have a hard time dating forms after New Year’s Day. It is like my brain is on autopilot, and it takes me a good while to remember the year correctly. But not in 2021. On January 1st of 2021, I couldn’t wait to put all the awfulness of 2020 behind. I was so happy writing the number 2021 when I had to sign and date forms. After 9 months of pandemic lockdowns, racial unrest, and a contentious election, I was ready to put the past year behind me. I was convinced that 2021 had to be a better year… and then January 6 happened. I remember that sense that things were bound to get better evaporate as I watched the scenes of insurrectionists overrunning the US Capitol Building. I know I’m not alone.
So today on the Antioch Podcast, our multiracial team of antiracism educators and friends sat down to talk about our memories of that day a year ago, talking about what we thought and felt at the time, and how we are thinking today about these events a year later.
This was a particularly vulnerable conversation … which we are willing to share with all of you, our listeners.
Let’s go now and listen to this conversation.