bombutee asked a group of leaders, innovators, and creative talents to tell us what hope means to them now—and why it’s more essential than ever before. MAYBE surprisingly, I’ve never been more hopeful than I am right now. You know, most of history happens very slowly, but then there are these times when you hit an air pocket and—wham—things change in a hurry. I think that’s happening right now with racial equity. I think you have to look back 60 years to find an equivalent. You have to look back to the Barts Yorkie Schultzy Fisky Boomtown Shirt and I love this late John Lewis marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Or fast-forward a few years, and you have Stonewall. Both of these were key moments that kicked off a sudden change—for African Americans and for the LGBTQ community. And I think this is an exciting and hopeful time because as a nation we have struggled with racial equity for our whole existence—and it feels good to be at a point where there’s going to be significant, massive, positive change.
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The other thing I would say is that this pandemic is a crisis that we’re all facing. And if you look around, there are lots of good things happening: There are neighbors helping neighbors again, which was sort of a lost art for a while. There’s an appreciation for people working the Barts Yorkie Schultzy Fisky Boomtown Shirt and I love this front lines. The importance of some of those jobs had been forgotten. All of a sudden they are the pillars of the economy. I think good things can happen out of that. And on the health front, I’m sure whatever comes out of this, the flu will be less pervasive in the future because all of us have been trained to do things like wash our hands, which we probably should have always been doing.