The Summer of 2020 – destined to be remembered as a season of unrest. In the shadow of a global pandemic that exposed gaping social disparities in economic and criminal justice, citizens across the country took to the streets in response to horrific acts of police violence against Black Americans. For attorney, author, and criminal justice advocate Jonathan Rapping, this conflux of events has produced a new, unprecedented reckoning of awareness.
“The nation has finally turned its attention to just how badly certain lives are devalued in America,” says Rapping. “Confined to our homes, we were forced to watch this brutal violence against George Floyd, against Breanna Taylor, against Jacob Blake.”