This time around, participants were told to mask up and social-distance — an effort to stem the pandemic that continues to disproportionately affect Black and brown communities and has so far killed at least 181,000 Americans.
It’s an exclamation mark ending an unprecedented week in an unprecedented summer in an unprecedented year.
Also in that unprecedented category: this week’s Republican National Convention. Reworked and relocated because of the pandemic, organizers utilized something norm-breaking: the White House.
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump accepted his party’s renomination for president and painted the picture of an America led by his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden — invoking imagery from what’s happening during his own administration.
Yet Washington was hardly the center of the world this week. A deadly Category 4 hurricane pummeled Louisiana and eastern Texas, wreaking havoc and claiming at least 10 lives. Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by a White police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, touching off more protests around police brutality. Sports teams including WNBA and NBA players went on strike to demand action and accountability.
The Point: This was a massive week as America grappled with its ongoing racial reckoning, looming presidential election and deadly pandemic.