Questions for Black America if Joe Biden Wins in November

Donney Rose
Sep 23, 2020 - 11:32

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In less than two months, Americans will know who will preside over the nation for the next four years. On the eve of the first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the polls are becoming more unpredictable by the day and the tension of the moment is thick enough to slice with a butcher’s knife.

For all intent and purpose, Donald Trump has arguably been the worst president in American history. Before we arrived at the debacle of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, we have endured his racism, xenophobia, nationalism, ego, his inept ability to govern and the conflicts of interest his business ventures have presented his presidency. Oh, and he was impeached too.

Still, his opponent and former U.S. vice president, Joe Biden, is far from the ideal candidate, particularly for progressive voters and minorities. Biden has been adamant about positioning himself as a moderate option for swing voters and in assuring Republican voters that he will not be a free-wheeling radical leftist.

And while the talk amongst most marginalized communities centers around the necessity of Trump being removed from office, I have begun to personally interrogate what it would mean for Black America if Biden is named the 46th president of the United States.

The following are a list of questions that I feel we should take into consideration. By no means is this a conclusive list, as there are several more inquiries we need to ponder on and ask out loud. If current polling is an indicator (it wasn’t in 2016), the dream to remove Trump may materialize. Here are a few ideas to consider should the experts get it right this time:

●        What should diversity of personnel look like in a Biden administration?

●        What should we expect of a Biden appointed attorney general?

●        What does a referendum on police violence from a Biden administration entail? Should we really expect one?

●        Who are the political, civic, business, and spiritual leaders in Black America that the Biden administration should seek guidance from with respect to reducing racial disparities?

●        To what extent would Kamala Harris bear the weight of enacting any policies relating to Joe Biden’s “Black agenda”? What are the expectations of their efficacy?

●        What does resistance to a Biden administration look like if/when specific demands are not considered?

●        What behaviors from a Biden administration would we deem completely unacceptable and unworthy of compromise?

●        What would be our expectations of a Supreme Court Justice nomination from a Biden administration should a justice or justices have to be replaced during the administration’s tenure?

●        How does the work of a Biden administration benefit Black youth and help secure equitable Black futures?

●        How much grace do we plan to afford Joe Biden if he consistently drops the ball in addressing our needs and concerns?

●        What is our response if Joe Biden/a Biden administration refuses to produce any deliverables on campaign promises he/they made to us?

●        What would be the measure of a Biden administration to be considered beneficial to Black America? Will we be so traumatized by Trump that we will give Biden a lower bar to clear?

●        In what specific ways should we expect Black lives to matter to a Biden administration? What happens if they show us, we don’t?

About the Author

Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.

5 Replies to “Questions for Black America if Joe Biden Wins in November”

  1. “What is our response if Joe Biden/a Biden administration refuses to produce any deliverables on campaign promises he/they made to us?”

    What promises? to increase police funding? to increase military spending? to not implement Medicare for all?

    Once elected, Joe Biden’s response to Black America will be the same as his former boss: Drop his pants, stick his in ass in Black America’s face, and say “Kiss it, you people who don’t have anymore self-respect than to vote for the man who incarcerated your loved ones”. That will be right before Biden runs off into the arms of the corporate pimps who own him and his vp.

  2. We were sold a bowl of HOPE shit in 2008. As Sarah Palin said, “How’d that “Hopey/Changey thing work out”? If you’re a rogue cop who gets invited to the White House for beer, pretzels and a photo-op with a grinning Obama and Biden, I guess it worked out fine.

    Hope is not all I can do.

    I can realize that I am not a captive of the Democans and Republicrats. I can vote for the Green Party, and then sleep with a clear conscience that I voted for what I want, not for evil.

  3. What’s the real solution here? Folks don’t like/want Biden and they don’t 45 and then there’s the third party(ies)whoever they are which can’t get enough votes to do crap…..and someone has to be the winner which looks like it has to one of the major parties candidates.

  4. Fascism coming from the Republicans and the right.

    or

    Totalitarianism (undercover of a neverending ‘pandemic’; complete with masks to reinforce subliminal fear of each other; with gestapo sent to smash wedding receptions, etc. to keep us from gathering, talking, organizing, protesting) spearheaded by Andrew Cuomo and coming from the left.

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