Did Horror of January 6 Crush Your Optimism? Try “Possibilism” Instead

That which is essential to address all our major challenges — democracy truly accountable to the people — is not an option. It is an absolute necessity. And so we must fight on.

Rev. John J. Nicholas Jr., pastor at St. John’s Baptist Church, applauds the efforts of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TxLBC) during a news conference about voting rights at Unity Baptist Church on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Local faith leaders called on Black churches across the country to join with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in their efforts to protect voting freedoms. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A new year is supposed to trigger the energy of new beginnings, requiring at least a bit of optimism. Right? But at the anniversary of January 6th — a day of national…