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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.