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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson. (Photo: Torrey Schenewerk, GCS Photography Inc)

The world is a grim place these days. Even as Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson took the stage at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Austin, across the state, 19 children and two teachers were killed in an elementary school shooting. As we watch the news, stories like this, coupled with a war in Ukraine, economic uncertainty and an increasingly hostile political discourse, create a picture of despair.

“It’s hard not to look around and wonder, are we going forward or are we going backward?” Robinson posited to the crowd. “It’s hard for me as a Black American not to feel a combination of optimism at times and at others, feelings of anger and despair.”

Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Regulated Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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