True of COVID-19 sufferers and of George Floyd. The key phrase at this moment in American history.
"I can't breathe, said Floyd as he was being suffocated. "I can't breathe" thought more than 100,000 victims as they were dying of Covid. "I can't breathe" chanted countless Americans in the streets, protesting enduring police brutality.
In 2020 America: Disorder generated by presidentially-sanctioned contempt for the law.
Every time Trump uttered the phrase 'law and order' it was a signal that he was orchestrating another violation of the law, instigating social disorder to further his agenda.
The day democracy will be quarantined.
Americans were ordered to stay home, polls did not open and voting by mail was called "unworkable". Many Americans had pegged their hopes to November 3, 2020, yet it came and went with nary a whimper.
Long- or short-distance relationship between two people kept apart due to shelter-in-place constraints.
Their hot and heavy isolationship was getting weird, the limits of cyber romance coming clear. She lived three blocks away from him, they hadn't been able to see the other for two weeks, each of them trapped in their apartments.
Committing murder in broad daylight.
Named for Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Derek Chauvin, in a brazen act of Chauvinism, knelt on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, until Floyd died. Chauvin did so in public, as a brave 17-year-old girl made a video of the episode, resulting in massive social unrest in America.
The bizarre idea that a democratically conducted election can be undone because the loser is unhappy.
Having lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden, judged the loser by every standard, Trump entered a state of delusory denial. Ignoring the stunning fact that more than 3,000 Americans a day were dying of Covid, that hospitals were unable to meet demands for basic care, that many places had no available ICU beds, that millions were facing poverty, hunger and eviction, having been smacked down and laughed off by every court to which he took his tantrum, his sole focus was still on trying to overturn the election.
A suddenly-normal person for whom the global Coronavirus scare feels like everyday life.
Observing the near-empty streets, theaters and gyms, seeing people all around him wearing masks, avoiding doorknobs, refusing to take the subway or eat in public, watching as nobody is shaking hands, the germaphobe felt that what he had known for years was finally sinking in.