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Biden Wins More Votes Than Any Presidential Candidate In U.S. History

It's okay to celebrate but let us not forget we still have work to do!

Saturday morning, November 7, 2020 everyone will remember where they were when they received the news that Vice President Joe Biden was finally announced as the 46th President of the United States. When the realization that there will not be four more years of Donald J. Trump in the White House, became official.

With ballots left to count, Now President-Elect Joe Biden has broken the record set by Barack Obama for the most votes accrued by any presidential candidate in U.S. history, a number that, amid an election of record-breaking turnout, Biden has also broken the record for most votes in opposition. Trump achieved the second highest most votes, also beating Obama and further displaying the major division in the country.

Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

Many felt hungover, waiting for the proclamation that Biden had won, when that moment came many immediately took the the street. Crowds started gathering in front of the White House to celebrate Trump’s impending departure in larger numbers that those who came to celebrate his victory during his inauguration, January 2017. Crowds spontaneous appeared across the nation with people dancing in the streets.

From the timely endorsement from House Majority Whip. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress ahead of the South Carolina primary until the historical longlines beginning in Early Voting, African-Americans are greatly responsible for Biden’s victory

The recognition of that and the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is considered by many as a promise kept that he was going to remember who brought him to the dance. Picking Kamala Harris as his running mate, making the California senator the first Black and South Asian-American woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket, ignited Black Girl Magic. Black Women came out for the Biden/Harris ticket in record numbers. African-Americans as a whole came out in record numbers.

Georgia on his mind. As equally important at Clyburn’s endorsement, was the embolization of Black Voters by Stacey Abrams in Georgia, turning the traditionally red state of Georgia, Blue, with a chance to gain the two senate seats to take over the senate after a January run-off. While we celebrate let’s forget Biden can get a lot more done of we can deliver the Senate in this election as well. The greatest chance in taking over the Senate is building on the momentum Abrams and others created in Georgia and get the people out again in January. Even if you do not live in Georgia you need to call friends and family members in Georgia and encourage them to show up again in January.

Biden owes Clyburn, Biden owes Abrams, Biden owes Black Girl Magic ignited by picking Harris as his running mate, Biden owes Black People. Will Biden honor this sacred obligation, or will he continue the tradition of, America giving Black people a bad check, a check that keeps coming back marked insufficient funds, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke of his I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963? Its time for Democrats to pay Black People what they owe.

We know that Biden will be in the room where it happens, where decisions are made, but what will his cabinet look like. Will their be any other persons of color in decision making positions. Personally I’m hoping and I believe there will be, but lets keep our eyes on the prize while we are celebrating another White male president in this home of the free.

This year you saw protests (mostly peaceful), calling for criminal justice reform which includes having persons of color in decision making positions. Because to be honest as great as Harris as Vice President is to history let’s not pretend Biden didn’t realize the selection of Harris would ignite the Black Vote especially the Black Woman Vote.

I warn all while we are celebrating the beginning of the end of the Trump Presidency, Biden will be a welcome improvement over his predecessor, nobody is PERFECT. As they said on MSNBC, his name is Joe, not Saint Joe. As I wrote last week in an editorial, no one person in the White House will erase hundreds of years of systematic racism. Even having a Black President could not stop the killing on Black People at the hands of law enforcement. The question is who will be better? As I said in my editorial, let us remember, elections are not about making things perfect, but making them better.

We dropped the ball when Obama won, got caught celebrating and got Trump afterwards. With all the votes Trump, let’s not forget we are at war. There is a war on Black People In America. The election of Biden and Harris in 2020 is great but watch out for Trump 2024 either Donald of his daughter, they are already talking about it. There are planning, while we vote and go to sleep for four years thinking our job is done.

So while we are celebrating and to be clear this is to be celebrated. Let’s not get lost in our celebration. Let’s not forget what we are fighting for. No we wont get it all in the Biden/Harris term. We need to have realistic expectations but continue to fight for what we want, what we deserve.

There is no question that President Obama being up for election motivated black voters, young and old in 2008 and 2012. Having his Vice President Biden running president and the selection of Harris as his running mate motivated us this year. What the 2008 and 2012 election has shown us, is that our vote is vital, especially to the Democratic Party. What many blacks fail to realizes is that the power that Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X and many others, that spoke of the power of the vote. Blacks literally have it in their hands, but we don’t talk about it enough or strategize around this power.

“We just can’t come out when Obama is running,” Civil Rights Attorney Mayo Bartlett Esq. shared with Black Westchester. “Every election counts.”

Because at the end of the day what have Black people received for their vote on a local, state and national level? Again let’s take a few minutes to celebrate but then get back to work and makes sure the debt owed to us is paid and we are not just sold another bill of good of given more substance without symbolism.

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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