My Take: Hope for a Happy New Year

Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:12 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Let’s face it, 2020 has been rough.

We have seen an unprecedented pandemic, nationwide protests and a disputed presidential election.

Despite the chaos, America is moving forward together to solve its problems.

In March, the COVID-19 outbreak prompted shutdowns and impacted every facet of our lives.

Businesses and schools closed and tragically, some families had to say their final goodbyes to loved ones over video calls.

Now, with a vaccine being distributed, there is hope.

In May, the death of George Floyd caused many Americans to refocus on the country’s history of racism.

Video of a handcuffed Floyd dying in police custody triggered protests across the country and sparked a national debate about the impact of systemic racism.

You may remember one of those protests turned violent in Columbia. But you should also remember how law enforcement leaders in the Midlands marched hand-in-hand with protesters calling for change.

And then in November, our country saw record voter turnout in a bitter race for the White House.

As we speak, President Donald Trump continues to claim he won the election. However, next week senators are scheduled to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

Unless something drastic changes on Jan. 20, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take office.

History serves as a guide: we may be divided but we will move forward.

America has proven that we can be resilient when faced with a crisis.

Let us all have a safe and Happy New Year and let us make 2021 better than 2020.

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