At the time I am writing this opinion, it has been eight hours since the announcement of Joe Biden becoming the 46th President of the United States, defeating incumbent President Donald Trump from re-election. Along with Biden’s win, Kamala Harris will be the first Black woman and person of south Asian descent to become the Vice President of the United States. Nov. 7 was a historical day for many people. This year’s election itself has made history numerous ways across the country.
Harris broke the glass ceiling, becoming an inspiration for American women and women of color. She showed us women can achieve many challenges society has tried to hold them from and become a great leader of this nation. Also, numerous people in the LGBTQ community had been elected to represent their state and/or America in this election cycle.
There are so many to name, but a few notable ones were Sarah McBride, the first transgender state senator in Deleware and the country, Shevrin Jones, the first openly gay state senator of Florida and Mauree Turner, the first non-binary state lawmaker in the United States. We can celebrate these accomplishments any day because it’s exciting to see how America has become a lot more progressive over the years. However, there are still things that need to be fixed in our country of which Biden and Harris may not cover all of them in four years.
I am well aware of Biden and Harris’ history from their previous professions as senators and attorney general, respectfully. I completely understand why people had doubts about the duo from the beginning of their campaign election because I too was one of those people. I’m very much an optimist, which often runs me into trouble. I see the good in all people and opportunities that have been presented my way. With that being said, I hope Biden and Harris do well as the next leaders of this nation, but recognize that both do have flaws that will make some hesitant.
We have to understand that America has never been perfect and, I hate to say this, but it will never be perfect. No country is perfect, ever. America has suffered many bumps since the creation of the country from Jim Crow laws, school shootings, immigration bans, anti-LGBTQ laws and more. To this day, there are still some underlying problems that need to be corrected in America such as systemic racism, misogyny, homophobia, prejudice and many others. Biden and Harris may try their best to work through and solve those problems but they will not be able to fix it completely under four years.
Problems like the ones listed above take years to overcome and be corrected. It’s not going to be solved overnight. Such as the division this country is going through with the two major political parties? I’m hopeful that it will be fixed, but don’t see it happening in under four years.
Biden and Harris’ win was a sigh of relief for those lives who were at risk if Trump were to be re-elected. Lives like myself, a queer Black woman currently living in the “bible belt,” conservative south. I am pretty much a “triple threat” in this society. All jokes aside, Biden and Harris will face many hardships during their presidency in the next four years, and Biden acknowledged that during his acceptance speech on Nov. 7. Dealing with COVID-19 and trying to unite the parties and the nation once again won’t be easy tasks but I know they will try their best to solve them.
I don’t want to sound like those generic hoteps that can be found outside every subway station. But we must not shift away from the problems America still faces after many years of trying to constantly correct it. Just because Biden and Harris will be in office, does not mean they will solve every problem we have. They will make mistakes. All presidents are not perfect. It’s our job as a nation to correct them and hold them accountable for their flaws if it were to happen. And if one doesn’t like the laws or decisions being made, then continue to vote and protest.
Biden and Harris will be leaders of a nation that had been greatly divided due to Trump’s mishaps and it will take a while to bring everyone together once again. It’s up to Americans to help Biden and Harris unite this country together by being nice to one another despite political beliefs. As a nation, we must do better and correct ourselves for our mistakes and ignorance. We have to understand each other much better and we have to offer our support to Biden and his team. After all, he will be the president coming Jan. 20, 2021.