I started the year hopeful that it would be different.
Twenty-thirteen was a hard year; between the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, I didn’t think that 2014 could be worse in terms of race issues in the US.
But then it was, and then some.
Though maybe the year wasn’t actually worse; maybe this was simply the year when many of us saw for the first time how unjust things really are. Maybe this was simply the year that shook our delusions that we’re anywhere close to arriving – the year when we saw, in spite of all the progress we’ve made, just how far we are from being a society where people of all races are treated equally and fairly.
A look at the racial progress we made and lost in 2014: