Dear John | What He Said

If a conversation with 2020 happened, I’d imagine it would go something like this …

Me: Bro, you were being wild, with the pandemic, killing Black men and women, the protests after, then the  armed protest against public safety, you killed the Black Panther!

2020: Yeeeah, that’s not on me.

Me: What do you mean? You’re 2020.  All this mess happened this year. You’re responsible!

2020: Nah, bro. I’m not.

Me: So you didn’t cause the pandemic?

2020: No. Actually, it was really horrible leadership. It was also probably optimism bias. It’s this psychological phenomenon where people think bad things can’t happen to them and they believe they have more control over a situation than they actually do. So y’all went out doin’ your thing because “it can’t happen to me” and spread it. … A lot. And that killed a lot of people. Which, actually, makes sense, given Americans tend to be more optimistic than their test scores deem app—

Me: OK, OK. What about killing Black people!

2020: Bruh …

Me: Right? … And, really … that’s been goin’ on for a minute …

2020: A’ight. I’ma head out.

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