We wrote the introduction to the previous issue of Transformations (30.1) two months into the COVD-19 pandemic and just two days before George Floyd was murdered by police officers in Minneapolis. Since then, Black Lives Matter protests against police violence surged across the country and it seemed as if the United States might finally reckon with systemic racism, although subsequent events—the lack of indictments for the murder of Breonna Taylor and the actions of federal agents against protestors in Portland, Oregon, and across the country are just two examples—suggest that there is much work left to do.

We have weathered a presidential election that saw Trump defeated, though as of this writing, he has refused to concede and, thus, continues to destabilize our political institutions and democratic processes. We are nevertheless anticipating the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden along with Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Indian American, African American, biracial...

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