In 2021, we continued to deal with a global pandemic, saw a racial reckoning set off by the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, and turned a political corner that is constantly being tested. At the same time, it was a year that seemed in some regards to be a continuation of the prior twelve months, but in others to be quite a different stage.
Many Americans rejoiced over the inauguration of a new president who vowed to undo the racial damage he said was done by the previous occupant of the White House. Elected officials pushing for voting rights and justice gained seats where they’d previously been shunned, but also faced setbacks. Some celebrities went to prison. Others left prison early.
The nation formally recognized the centennial anniversary of a racial massacre, but some of the events were cancelled amid a disagreement over reparations. In other words, it was a year that reflected the chaotic nature of the pandemic.
Although 2021 was filled with critical moments in the news, here are 10 of the most memorable.