"In about 2004, my wife and I were about to graduate college. We were eating ramen noodles and thinking about how we didn’t have enough gas in the car to go drive somewhere we wanted to. Then, we asked ourselves, who are we to start complaining?"
Since 2011, the number of Black students graduating is up 47 percent, the number of students eligible for federal Pell grants earning a degree is up 46 percent, and the number of Latinx graduates is up 89 percent. Such increases were no accidents.
(Hint: It’s not by tweeting “Black Lives Matter.”)
Our Congressman had an uncanny ability to make total strangers and coworkers feel at ease, whether he was lingering at a three-year-old’s birthday party, signing books at the Barnes & Noble on Moreland Avenue, or shaking hands and giving hugs along the Pride Parade route.
“The way I was describing it to a friend is that it feels like we’re at summer camp getting ready to go off the diving board. But as you get close to the front of the line, someone puts a big X over the normal diving board and they point you to the Olympic-sized board instead.”
We played a lot more video games And left the car in the garage. A by-the-numbers look at this past spring's COVID-19 lockdown.