So here we are. I hope you allowed yourself some moments of joy on Saturday, as we’ve had precious few of them since March. I also know a lot of people are not experiencing joy, but hey, you had your joy 4 years ago, and turnabout is fair play. It’s our turn now. And apparently this is how our democracy works — in 8 years everyone gets disappointed for 4 of them.
For those of us who are celebrating, I want to say a huge thank you to the people who helped make the Biden/Harris win possible: people of color.
Check out these voting maps from Luvvie Ajayi Jones, a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, justice, and professional troublemaking.
These maps are fascinating. Also the electoral college is ass backwards, but that’s a different blog post.
So, thank you POC and Black women in particular. I will continue to learn and work towards racial justice because Biden/Harris won’t make that magically appear. However, at least we won’t have to suffer through the Cheeto flea’s tweets, bullying, and other assorted nonsense. Maybe we can actually move forward, think of that!
On a related note, I’ve been watching a good documentary series, “Enslaved” on a streaming app called Epix. It features Samuel Jackson and is only 6 episodes, so you can sign up, watch it, and then quit the app without committing to yet another service and password. It follows 2 stories — one is a group of divers who find slaver ships that wrecked. More than 2 million Africans died on these ships that did not make it to their destination and have been forgotten. The other story line is Samuel Jackson finding out his African heritage and learning more about slavery as a worldwide industry. It’s giving me a wide-angled view of slavery — Jacque Cousteau meets Roots. I highly recommend it.
HUGE THANKS to those throughout the country who carried us *all* across the finish line! Your vote not only spoke for yourself, but for those of us who couldn’t tip the scale in our own state.
Thank you for the maps and the recommendation.
And thank you to everyone who voted despite whatever you were up against. We voted. It mattered. Now we work towards Black Lives Mattering when no one is voting.