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Moving Hanover Forward

MY TWO CENTS: CREATING OUR 'NEW NORMAL'


By Dr. Clara James Scott

I know you have heard or said it: “I can’t wait to get back to normal.” News flash: Things will never get back to normal. We will adapt to a new normal-pretty much like how life changed after 9/11.

Yes, these are stressful and anxious times as we juggle four (avoidable) major GLOBAL crises: racial and social justice protests, COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and the political climate.

The consciousness of racial and gender acceptance is at an all-time high. First, let’s talk about race relations because I believe it is the basis of many other problems. The public killing of George Floyd has confirmed what we as Black people have been saying forever. The systemic and institutional racism has “had its knee on the neck” of and suffocating Black lives since legal slavery (1619–1865) until today within the criminal justice system.

Two hundred forty-six (246) years of slavery built this country from the free labor in cotton fields to the architectural designs of buildings and inventions. 

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