In response to the election....

Sunday, November 08

By Sydney Jackson

As I type this on November 7th, 2020, history has been made. As an American I am pleased to say that Joe Biden is the current United States President. As a black woman, I am elated to announce that Kamala Harris is the current Vice President. I know that I speak for most minority groups when I say that I am proud to be a young American right now. For this being my first election that I voted in, it feels awesome to know that the person I believed in has actually become president. It is a day that kids decades from now will be studying. Regardless of who you are, who you voted for, or what you believe in, today was momentous and proof that using your voice is important. 

I am especially proud of Generation Z for not only using their voices and platforms, but for actually showing out as well. I am also proud of all my fellow young, black folk who showed out (this election being the highest percentage of young, black voters ever) and letting themselves be heard. It warms my heart to see people care and actually take action. Seeing Kamala win has reassured me that as a woman of color, anything is possible. Women hold more power than we give ourselves credit for and it has been proven time and time again. 

Finally, as a lasting note, I want to speak to the general public. Especially to the younger readers out there. Yes, Trump is no longer in office now. Yes, this does mean a step in a better direction. However, the fight must not stop. As someone who lives in a red state, this does not mean that I am automatically safe or secure in my community. I am still a threat to people who do not uphold the same values as mine. Just like other minorities that live in Republican areas. Also, just because your community might be Democratic does not mean that you are entirely safe either. This country is dangerous and quarantine has only proven that statement. For all of my people, minority or not, I want you to be careful and smart. We cannot let our guard down just because Trump is no longer president. We cannot celebrate just yet, as there is still a lot of work to be done. We may have won the battle, but we still have a war to conquer. 

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