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Our approach to recovery is ill-fitting and out-of-touch, not to mention disgusting

Have we learned nothing? A year ago, I wrote here on Medium that we should all “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting,” warning that both government and brands were about to usher in a massive campaign to get us all to go back to “normal.” Of course, the pandemic lasted much longer than anyone could have expected. Few knew what fresh horrors would await us as we progressed phase-by-pandemic-phase through 2020 and 2021. Thankfully, we have new hands on the government steering wheel. But that campaign is now, 15 months later, in full force from Big Business, Big Tech, and the…


Tay Washington was marveling at the Charlottesville protests when white nationalist James Fields rammed her car. Nearly two years on, she’s still recovering.

This story is part of The Trump 45, a special package about Trump’s impact on individual lives.

On August 15, 2017, Tay Washington broke down and cried after hearing President Donald Trump blame the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on “both sides.”

“If Trump didn’t care about someone dying,” the now-29-year-old said recently, tearing up again as she referenced Heather Heyer, the young woman who was killed almost two years ago when a white supremacist drove his car through a crowd of anti-racist protesters, “he didn’t give two cents about my injury.”

A black woman, Washington wasn’t in downtown Charlottesville on…

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