Washingtonians celebrated into the evening and night once election returns projected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President- Elect and Vice President- Elect. (Photo by Micha Green)
By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
“Black Women! Did we do it?… Stacey Abrams? Did we do it? Kamala? Did we do it? Did we do it? We Did it! We did it,” one woman in celebratory clothing chanted as she marched down Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 7– when election results announced that former Vice President Joe Biden’s and Sen. Kamala Harris’ new titles are President-Elect and Vice-President Elect.
The vibe exuded American pride as intergenerational crowds of all races and creeds gathered along Black Lives Matter Plaza with LGBTQ rights and Black Lives Matter flags, Biden/ Harris and anti- Trump administration signs and celebratory attire, all in the name of the newly projected leaders of the United States.
Before Nov. 7, Washington, D.C. was very tense. It was a long winter, spring and summer and was becoming a challenging fall with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much at play, continued police brutality and racism and what often felt like toxic political rhetoric everywhere on turned.
A woman named Barbara, who is from Virginia, but renting in the nation’s capital, told the AFRO that there was one word to describe the vibe in D.C. before election results were announced: “Tense.”
“So tense. People just holding their breath; no one’s knowing what’s happening,” she said on Facebook Live at Black Lives Matter Plaza the evening Biden and Harris were projected President-Elect and Vice-President Elect.
“And everyone is so hopeful . I feel a strong sense of hopefulness. Everyone’s happy and full of energy,” Barbara added.
While there were many “Bye-Don” and “You’re Fired” signs, as many were excited to know President Donald Trump will leave the White House in January, the historicity of the first, woman, Black and Southeast Asian becoming the first Vice President-Elect was also a prominent feeling for all present.
Everywhere one turned there was symbolism of Black pride and even an African drumming group marched on Black Lives Matter while playing their instruments.
It was a celebration, but also a moment for people to proclaim their political, social and cultural stances.
“I used to be complacent and I used to watch things happen, and these past three years have been more divisive for America than I’ve ever remembered. And I’ve watched so many innocent, Black people die and I want to come out and celebrate a victory for them, for the ones who couldn’t be here,” Barbara, who is a White woman, told the AFRO.
With all the festive revelry, there was also a sense that there is still more work to be done, despite the incoming presidential administration.
“Let’s just hope for a better fture, we’re building our way toward it. We’ve just got to keep pushing,” Barbara said.