“For a lot of people, it’s a good day”

Joe Biden won the presidency by clinching Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes. With Biden’s victory, Kamala Harris becomes the first woman and the first person of color to become the vice-president.

“It’s easier to be a parent this morning … to tell your kids character matters,” said political commentator Van Jones. “Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters. And it’s easier for a whole lot of people. If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry if the president doesn’t want you here. If you’re an immigrant, you don’t have to worry if the president is going to be happy to have babies snatched away or send dreamers back for no reason.

“It’s vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered. I can’t breathe? That wasn’t just George Floyd. That was a lot of people who felt they couldn’t breathe. Every day you’re walking up you’re getting these tweets and you don’t know. And you’re going to the store and people who have been afraid to show their racism have been getting nastier and nastier to you. And you’re worried about your kids and you’re worried about your sister and can she just go to Walmart and get back into the car without somebody saying something to her. And you spend so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together. And this is a big deal for us to be able to just have some peace and to have a reset.

“And the character of the country matters. And being a good man matters. I just want my sons to look at this and do it the cheap way and get away with stuff. But it comes back around. It comes back around. And it’s good for this country. I’m sorry for the people who lost. For them it’s not a good day. But for a whole lot of people, it’s a good day.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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