The Summer of 2020 was a time of confusion, misinformation, anxiety, skepticism, uncertainty, tragedy, and, unfortunately, death. It was an unprecedented summer in an unprecedented year that felt at times almost stranger than fiction. While the main characters of this book, Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter, have certainly had a contentious relationship during Trump’s presidency, I would not classify them as typical political rivals as, let’s say, Republicans and Democrats. In my opinion, Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter have a more philosophical—possibly even fundamental—human rivalry: the “establishment” vs the “revolution,” the “oppressor” versus the “oppressed,” “authority” vs “change.” This story does not attempt to morally evaluate the motivations or intentions of Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter but serves more to critically understand how these two “characters” represent America’s struggle to establish a national identity. “Diversity’s” session attempts to place this “rivalry” in a more global and historic context, so that we can better understand and potentially reconcile with the dynamics and nature of human conflict. While this story is presented to you as a book, I’ve written it with a screenplay aesthetic, so that you can read through it like you are watching a movie or binging a television series. My hope is that you feel as though history is unfolding in front of you, because that is certainly what living through the summer of 2020 felt like. This book was inspired by and written during this time, but, nevertheless, it is fictional and should ultimately be read that way. As the reader, I only ask that if you find yourself questioning the authenticity of these accounts, to stop and consider why that might be.
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