2019 was a year of extremes

( CNN) “Artists are there to disturb the serenity, ” James Baldwin told Studs Terkel in a 1961 interrogation. “They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.”

With a new year and a brand-new decade soon before us, this week we’re highlighting some of the top ethnic review and social commentary that remained us to move in 2019.( You can also envision the 100 op-eds that tell the story of the 2010 s here .)