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We’re for Biden

Melvin B. Miller
We’re for Biden

Citizens voting in the 2020 election have to consider the capacity of the president elected to manage three major issues: the COVID-19 pandemic, the concomitant economic disruption and the national racial unrest. Donald Trump has already demonstrated an inability to cope with those problems, but with his showmanship approach to the presidency, he has still generated a claque of supporters. However, a growing number of voters are now moving toward the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign.

The inclusion of Kamala Harris on the ticket certainly attracts Black voters, but that is not the only attraction. Joe Biden has appeal even by himself. Biden was vice president to Barack Obama for two terms — eight years. Thoughtful Blacks are aware of the undercurrent of opposition to a Black president in 2008. If Obama had lost, Biden’s political reputation would have been shredded.

There is an extraordinary personal quality to Joe Biden that resonates with many Blacks. He is a man who enjoys the advantages of white privilege in America, but personal tragedies have given him an empathetic edge. He is believed when he says, “I think about what it takes for a Black person to love America. That is a deep love for this country that has for far too long never been recognized.”

It takes depth of character to understand how Blacks can love America despite the continued inequities imposed on them. The America that Blacks love is bound by the commitments imposed by the Declaration of Independence and the civil rights established by the Founding Fathers in the nation’s Constitution. Blacks have shown an enduring love for the nation, even as some antagonists have worked to dismantle America’s high principles.

Biden has declared, “We need to revive the spirit of bipartisanship in this country, the spirit of being able to work with one another.” The objective of Biden’s opponent is to replace democratic bipartisanship with authoritarianism. The absence of Blacks in his administration indicates the diminished role of Blacks in the future government.

The decision for Blacks is straightforward: There should be a strong vote for Biden-Harris. Blacks should also see to it that friends and family members get to early voting places or to the polls on Nov. 3. Judging by his support for racist groups, Blacks should expect a loss of Black gains if Trump wins reelection.

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