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Following the postmortems of a year that couldn’t end fast enough, the first week of 2021 has not provided a balm for 2020 as much as it has amplified last year’s relentlessness. For Black America in general, and Black athletes in particular, the year has begun with a series of events that once again have put on global display an exercise in belief.
In Wisconsin, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday that no charges would be filed against Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who fired seven shots into the back of Jacob Blake. The August shooting led to an unprecedented boycott of play in sports, from the NBA and WNBA, to tennis, MLB, MLS and the NHL.
Later Tuesday and into Wednesday, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock swept the U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia. Warnock’s victory, in particular, was viewed as a major victory for WNBA players, especially those from the Atlanta Dream whose public support of Warnock against team co-owner Kelly Loeffler helped turn Warnock into a force and heightened the national visibility of both races.
By Wednesday afternoon, a mob of pro-Trump supporters, some armed and most fueled by a