The Good, the Bad, the Odd: Stories That Impacted People of Color in 2021
From changing laws to flat-out whacky celebrity gossip, here are the top 10 stories that impacted us in 2021
While the jury is still out on whether 2021 has been a welcome breath of fresh air compared to the hellacious 12 months that made up 2020, one thing is for sure — it’s been real! A lot has happened, especially for people of color. From the good, bad, the not so bad, bizarre, the somewhat funny, and the flat-out ugly — in no particular order — here are 10 stories that impacted people of color in 2021.
- Vice President Kamala Harris makes history
First and foremost, Kamala Harris became the first Black, Indian, and woman vice president of the United States of America. That right there is a mic drop. Need I say more?
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2. Increased vaccine and Covid-19 measures
Of course, all matters Covid-19 related and adjacent are at the top of the list. In January, during his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a total of 10 executive orders to combat the coronavirus that had — and continues to — rock the nation. Specifically, President Biden aimed his efforts toward vaccination accessibility. Although both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were made available to all adults over 16 years of age in December 2020, there was a severe lag in vaccination rates, and the majority of adults remained unvaccinated by the end of January 2021. More specifically, the number of vaccinated adults among people of color was almost dismal. Biden also directed his efforts toward emphasizing the importance of mask-wearing and required masks to be worn in airports and certain types of public transportation such as ships, intercity buses, airplanes, and trains.
Just a few months later, in March, Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccinations no later than May 1 to assist the country’s return to some sense of normalcy by the beginning…