It has been an ongoing saying in my family, “2020 is coming for our lives!” Never did we think that it would be what it has turned out to be. 2019 was pretty rough for us with my mother being shot in the neck by teenagers who were trying to steal a bike from her yard. We thought 2020 would be better. A year of vision. A path forward, and all of that other good stuff. In fact, my co-wife and I hosted a wonderful Muslimah Influencer’s Summit in April that focused on 2020 being the year of vision and how to take control of our lives as women.
Even though the “Rona” hit the world and put us on a stressed induced life of quarantine, social distancing and economic turmoil, we worked through creative measures such as Zoom, curbside pick up and apps like Houseparty to keep our sanity until the world opened back up for us all again. Never would we have imagined that we would be dealing with virtual graduations and doctor’s appointments.
Then through it all we've witnessed multiple acts of white supremacy and racial injustice, including the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, blasted in our faces through video. As it seems as though these acts became the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” are they really? We are finally seeing it being called what it really is, RACISM. We have companies like Ben & Jerry’s speaking up on their website about what is happening, what has been happening and what needs to be done in order to begin to fix the problem. Of course, when the mirror is held up, there will be excuses and justifications that spew like the venom that encompass the hearts and souls of those who neglect to see the problem. Those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired are forced to rebel and we know it will be a long, ugly road to justice when snakes are in the path. We speak on this in our video on our YouTube channel. You can check it out HERE.
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