“The tragic killing of George Floyd started a movement,” Time staff wrote. “Not just in America but across the globe. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, protesters took to the streets, demanding action to fight racial injustice at the hands of police and any entity that embodies systemic discrimination. There have been some positive outcomes since the movement started but it’s far from over.”
Donald Trump and Joe Biden both earned nominations, with Time acknowledging the former’s influence despite losing the election and “baselessly” claiming he was the winner. Biden made history, breaking Barack Obama’s record for the most votes ever cast for a presidential candidate.
Time‘s nomination of Dr. Anthony Fauci also includes frontline healthcare workers. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on hold,” staff writes. ” However, anyone deemed essential–like healthcare workers, postal workers, sanitation workers, transportation workers and many others–had to keep going. They risked their lives and in doing so, saved countless other lives. One of those frontline workers, who spends part of his day doing rounds at the hospital, is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most visible scientific leader in the U.S. in 2020.”
“Racial Justice Movement” wouldn’t the first group of people to be nominated for the award. Previous winners include 2011’s The Protester, 2017’s The Silence Breakers (including figureheads of the Me Too movement), and The Guardians–journalists who faced persecution, arrest, or murder for their reporting–in 2018.
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