Racism Was Voted Down By A Hair

We have a new president-elect and vice president-elect, but we have a long way to go

President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 6, 2020. Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

The votes are finally counted and the Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News agree that president-elect Joseph R. Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will be entering the White House in January 2021. This is a Saturday morning win for the Democratic nominees, and frankly a win for America.

Black and Brown and White people around the nation hooted and hollered in celebration. In places like Brooklyn and the south side of Chicago, residents went outside with pots and pans and yelped in the streets. If you know anyone who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and you checked their social media today, the pink and green signature colors were flying in support of Harris, who is a member of the organization. And pundits on every news station had something to say about what will happen next.

The Biden-Harris win is historic largely because Harris is a woman and will be the first female to be vice president of the United States of America. She is also a Black and Indian woman, and the child of an immigrant, so her ascension is a real American tale that fits in well with some of the stories we all share with our children about the opportunity of this nation.

Many people are happy about the changes that could come with Democrats in the White House, but the same people are cautiously aware that the racist policies and oppressive practices implemented by the current administration were only voted down by a hair. With a little over two months left of a presidency, the current person in charge could try to implement executive orders that make things worse. Donald Trump has promised to challenge the ballot counts and many of those challenges have already been thrown out, but more are sure to come.

Meanwhile, read more about why Harris is a sign of a better future for all of us.

And, for details on how this vote count came in day by day, read GEN’s piece on how the win was called for Biden.

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