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  • Divided in Sanctity
    Kailah Lee|Staff Writer Home. A concept of living that has a face of togetherness, warmth and security. It is a place to confide in family and rest one’s weary head. The feeling of family is truly what makes a home, but as family exists, so do individuals with layers and differing opinions within the home.…
  • What Biden’s Win Means for Black Americans
    Miles Richardson|Staff Writer So, after months of anxiety and social unrest centered around this election, we finally have a result. Joe Biden ran his campaign by convincing the public that Donald Trump is the boogeyman for Black people.  While being interviewed by Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God, Biden said, “If you have a problem…
  • Politics Can No Longer be Swept Under the Rug
    Ryland Staples | Staff Writer People usually don’t like to talk about politics. Either it will lead to talking about something unpleasant or just make people angry. However, over the past four years, politics have become a larger part of our daily lives. Since the election of President Trump in 2016, people have been drawing metaphorical…


  • Voting is a right
     Kennedy P. Buck | Staff Writer Fifty-five years ago, the US Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed any discriminatory voting practices. This Act was passed because at the time many Africans Americans couldn’t exercise their right to vote in the southern states without having to answer difficult questions from a literacy…
  • November is more than Thanksgiving
    Shirmarie Starks | Staff Writer The start of November may be important for you because it signifies the soon-to-be arrival of Thanksgiving. However, there are over 122 million reasons to consider November an important month. For 30 days out of the year, there are 122.2 million people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are able…
  • The history and importance of Black horror
    Gabrielle Chenault | Lifestyle Section Editor When most people hear the word “horror movie” they immediately think of paranormal or suspense movies. The horror genre is actually a combination of many subgenres, such as slasher, survival, psychological and comedy horror, which contain a wide range of films. While many of these subgenres house films that…

Arts and Entertainment

  • Creative Block: The Impact COVID-19 has on artists
    Nyle Paul | Staff Writer As COVID-19 cases continue to increase nationwide, artists are finding themselves maneuvering through this “new normal” with a restrictive, unpredictable nature.  Here at our home by the sea, we have a large community of artists, all of which specialize in different art focuses. With the coronavirus not letting up on…
  • Businesses nationwide prep for the release of new gen consoles
    Isaiah Taylor | Photojournalist As the new year is rapidly approaching, gamers around the world receive a constant reminder that the future of modern console gaming is right around the corner.  It has been seven long years since both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 systems were initially launched by Microsoft and Sony. Both…
  • Creative block: The impact COVID-19 has on artists
    NYLE PAUL- STAFF WRITER As coronavirus cases increase nationwide, more and more artists find themselves having to forcefully adjust to the restricting nature of the virus. The financial, mental and physical restrictions that the virus imposes result in the risk of art equipment becoming harder to access and artists having little to no motivation to continue their craft. At…


  • Los Angeles Dodgers win World Series
    Jessica Coleman | Staff Writer The Los Angeles Dodgers won the 2020 World Series championship on Oct. 27 by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6.  The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series 16 days after the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the NBA Finals. This is the Dodgers seventh championship. It has…
  • The Return of Big Ten Football
    Aliyu Saadu|Staff Writer Big Ten Conference college football made its return October 23 after initially announcing the postponement of fall sports in August due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference started its season in October instead of the traditional Labor Day Weekend with the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 45-7. “Great news…
  • Teofimo Lopez win over Featherweight Champ
    Noah Hogan | Staff Writer Teofimo Lopez did the unthinkable this past Saturday night as he upset reigning champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko, becoming the youngest undisputed champion in boxing at the age of 23, and the first Honduran American born fighter to do so.  Lopez did not rely heavily on his raw power and saw the…

Divided in Sanctity

Kailah Lee|Staff Writer

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Home. A concept of living that has a face of togetherness, warmth and security. It is a place to confide in family and rest one’s weary head. The feeling of family is truly what makes a home, but as family exists, so do individuals with layers and differing opinions within the home.

It is healthy to disagree, but to what degree does a disagreement become a problem? I can delve into debatable topics all day, but the issue of politics seems to be taking the wheel.

The choice a person makes between left or right might often determine their social status. People have lost friends, followers and even jobs just based on their views. But what about the family? Sure, you could distance yourself from a family member, but what if you live with someone whose different views present themselves as problematic?

“I mean, if I was living in the same household as an avid Trump supporter, I’m not sure how good our relationship would be. Like you seriously have to have some missing screws to side with him,” said Dana Williams, a nurse in Henrico, Virginia.

So the next question comes down to if you could separate a person’s political views from their moral compass.

“If you elect an individual who believes in racism, misogyny and other -isms, to say the least, then you believe in those same things,” said Alana Stokes, a student at Randolph Macon University.

The argument is usually that they select someone who aligns with their conservative or liberal values; because voting is a duty, they must pick.

Which in reality is fair, but this political environment is not so black and white. When you select a candidate, you are not only voting with that party, but you’re also voting for a person with their own character and personality flaws.

“I thoroughly believe that a person’s character influences their decisions. What do we do the instant a president decides that he hates a race of people and gathers a group of minions to push his agenda for whatever? Like, how could you side with someone like that?” said Savanna Ross, a Virginia resident.

As you grow older, you start seeing family members like people. As a result, home can quickly turn into a house—or merely a shell with bodies that do not interact. In fact, the home could equally be a nightmare as it is a dream.

The world already puts so much on you, and one’s humble abode should be a sanctuary. Many people deal with situations that negate this—home could equally be a place of great stress.

In hindsight, politics have been another reason to divide people, and it’s actually quite sad how politics have divided families.

“Politics is always the elephant in the room. One moment you’re making a joke and somebody gets mad. Now y’all are having a debate that was completely pointless,” said Andrew Williams, a Henrico, Virginia, resident.

How is it possible to live with people whose morals and views are counter to yours?

Believe me when I say it’s possible. It may feel like a never-ending river of nagging and uncomfortable dynamics. Still, it is more than likely a temporary situation.

As much as you might want to talk about issues you are passionate about, it might be best to just suppress them in the name of parental control. You could leave, but if that is not a choice, try changing the topic.

If they initiate the conversation, think of a diversion to de-escalate the situation. Or just calmly agree to disagree. 

By no means should you change who you are, but just think of the greater good. Suppose the topic of politics tends to make for a problematic atmosphere. In that case, it is probably best that you keep your different opinions to yourself.

Disagreements are perfectly healthy; it just comes down to the arguers. Now, are both parties willing to accept their differences and live harmoniously as possible? That’s a whole different story. 

What Biden’s Win Means for Black Americans

Miles Richardson|Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Instagram – @gmalhotra

So, after months of anxiety and social unrest centered around this election, we finally have a result.

Joe Biden ran his campaign by convincing the public that Donald Trump is the boogeyman for Black people.  While being interviewed by Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God, Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”  Biden, along with many other political leftists, spent plenty of time, money and energy making sure we knew how important it was for us to vote Trump out of office. He blamed Trump for the COVID-19 deaths. During the first presidential debate, Biden critiqued Trump’s response to the COVID-19 death toll.

 “It is what it is because you are who you are.”

 He blamed him for the destruction caused by social justice riots and protests. At a campaign appearance in Delaware, Biden criticized Trump, “He’s stoking violence in our cities,” and went as far as blaming Trump for the deaths of Black citizens by the hands of police officers. At the same appearance in Delaware, Biden said about Trump, “This is the fact about how he is dealing with this perilous hour in our nation. And now, we have to stand against violence in every form it takes, violence we’ve seen again and again and again of unwarranted police shooting, excessive force, seven bullets in the back of Jacob Blake, knee on the neck of George Floyd, killing of Breonna Taylor in her own apartment.” Biden thought the quickest way for him to be elected was to be the boy who cried wolf. And it worked. So, what does all this mean for Black people?  Absolutely nothing.

We voted for Biden and Kamala Harris because they told us everything we wanted to hear, and that’s OK. After all, the point of a democracy is to vote for the person who will best represent your interests. However, I would like to pose a question to all the Black voters out there: When was the last time the condition of Black people in America drastically improved under any president?  I’ve only been alive 20 years, but I don’t ever remember a time when Black people were saying, “Yes! So and so just got elected. We’re OK now.” The reason for this is because a politician’s primary job is not to serve the people but to say and do whatever is necessary for them to obtain a political position. So, if you thought Biden was going to somehow eradicate systemic racism, you’ve been misled.

Ever since I was a boy, my parents and grandparents have always preached to me about the importance of voting. It was not until now that I understood why an election year meant so much to them. People get excited about elections because it gives them the opportunity to excuse themselves of all responsibility and allows them to hold someone else accountable for the state of their lives. I’ve witnessed this mentality take root in my community now more than ever.

For proof of this, just look to the protests held by angry citizens and the recent activities of the NBA. In order to push for change, LeBron James spearheaded a campaign to encourage people to vote as if we are so powerless that the only thing we can do to improve our livelihoods is pick the right white man and hope he comes through for us.

The recent protests seem to confirm this statement. Out of all of the protest footage I’ve seen over the last few months, I never saw one list of demands produced nor any sort of plan put together by Black people. Instead, these social justice protests were all about raising awareness, which is a nice way to say begging white people to solve our problems for us. The status of Black Americans will change when we get strategic about the improvement of our communities through actual work and planning.  

Despite popular opinion, voting is not the most important thing you can do as an African American. What really matters is what you do when there’s no politician to beg or to blame.

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Politics Can No Longer be Swept Under the Rug

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer

People usually don’t like to talk about politics. Either it will lead to talking about something unpleasant or just make people angry. However, over the past four years, politics have become a larger part of our daily lives. Since the election of President Trump in 2016, people have been drawing metaphorical lines in the sand when it comes to how people feel about certain political figures. 

Before the election of Trump, I feel like people knowingly stayed out of politics because it was either too confusing or they just weren’t interested in it. Even with something as simple as voting, there are lots of people out there who have never even considered voting in elections until now. A good example of this is Kanye West, who notably ran as a write-in candidate during the 2020 election. On election day, he posted a video of himself submitting his ballot, with the caption saying that this was his first time voting in his 43 years of life, a reality more common than people think.

 Even during the 2016 election, when the call for mass voting first really got underway, there were still lots of people who either chose to sit out or just write-in some nonsense candidate like Harambe. People didn’t take Trump’s candidacy seriously and just assumed he would lose, which was wrong, and the country as a whole had to spend the last four years dealing with the repercussions. 

One reason why people may try to avoid politics is because it just stresses them out. Which is understandable, especially during an election year where candidates are trying to sway voters in every possible way. According to the Pew Research Center, 53% of Americans say that talking about politics with someone who they disagree with is stressful to them. However, due to the things that President Trump has done while in office, it’s become apparent that the people who are to blame are the people who put him in the position in the first place. 

Over the past four years, people around the country have come to the realization that politics affects a large facet of our lives. Which is why it has become so frowned upon when people say that they support President Trump. In a way, they are the people who are responsible for the terrible things that have been going on over the past four years. With the presidential election over and the victor decided, President Trump is doing everything in his power to delegitimize the results of the election. 

I understand the idea of being together and forgiving one another for mistakes that are in the past, but one of the first things President Trump said on his campaign trail back in 2015 was calling all Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Voting for a person who openly questions the legitimacy of a global pandemic, as well as calling his political opponents names like a child, just doesn’t sit right with me. 

That may seem harsh, but politics has become more than just something that you keep to yourself. I feel like with this new generation of voters, politics have become more of a lifestyle choice for people, shaping the way they live and the way they go through life itself.

Tackling Today’s Issues: We.TalkAboutIt Talks Politics with Virginia’s Elected Representatives

Raven Harper | Section Editor

Photo courtesy of Aditya Vyas

When it came to this year’s presidential election, everything was on the ballot. Healthcare, the criminal justice system, the economy, education, and COVID-19 to name a few. In hopes to discover how elected officials are tackling these issues, We Talk About Its’ Yordanos Belayneh and Bailey Smith hosted ‘Let’s Talk Politics,’ an open and informative conversation with elected officials, Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Congressman Bobby Scott in late October. 

Sparked from a heated debate in Hampton’s cafeteria one day, third-year students and friends, Mason Cardwell, Yordanos Belayneh, Bailey Smith, Cole Pryor, Darius Henderson, Amber Harvey, Terell Arlington, and Jenai LaGarde created We Talk About It. Built to create stimulating and open conversations about a wide array of topics, the talk show prides itself on the diversity among its hosts as well as the different opinions that come with them. Just recently, their talk show made it to IHeartRadio. 

In a new segment entitled ‘Let’s Talk Activism’, Belayneh and Smith invited Virginia’s 2nd congressional district representative, Elaine Luria, and Virginia’s 3rd congressional district representative, Robert ‘Bobby’ Scott to their event ‘Let’s Talk Politics.’ 

Held via zoom on October 16th, the show’s purpose was to hear from two elected officials that represent Hampton students in Virginia on what they are currently doing from an insider’s perspective to solve these issues. 

Being in a state filled with various colleges and universities, the event kicked off in a discussion about the current pandemic’s effect on college campuses and what it is going to take to effectively and safely reopen. 

Congresswoman Luria mentioned how funding is the major thing that is going to help with colleges reopening safely. 

“We recognize that for colleges and universities to adapt during the time of COVID, that had a huge price tag to it,” Luria stated. “We want to make sure through legislation like the CARES Act and if we can come to another COVID relief package that it continues to include money and funds for higher education to do testing, etc.” 

The conversation then continued, touching on the current initiatives and legislation both Representatives Luria and Scott are currently working on such as; the George Floyd Policing

Act, the College Affordability Act, and the PROAct. These various legislations were made to address community policing, the growing wealth gap, and student loans. 

Focusing on the largest issues affecting the people they have been chosen to represent, Luria and Scott both agreed that their hopes for the next administration are that their work can continue. 

“Working with an administration who will be working with us, not against us on all of these [initiatives and legislations], will certainly be a delight,” Scott said. 

Towards the end of the event, host Belayneh and Smith opened the floor up for questions from the live audience in attendance. In response to a student sharing their discouragement to vote after watching the recent presidential debates, Congressman Scott shared how that should be the exact thing that inspires them to vote. 

“I don’t know why anybody would be discouraged,” Scott stated. You ought to be activated to vote. 

As the event came to a close, people in attendance were left with greater insight on what their elected officials are currently working on to fight for citizens like themselves. Host Yordanos Beleyaneh also left attendees with an encouraging message, urging them to go out in vote on November 3. 

“To the young adults, as the future of tomorrow, it is our duty to stand up for change. The revolution starts with us. So why not act now?” Beleyaneh stated. To hear more discussions like this, follow Let’s Talk About It on Instagram @we.talkaboutit. You can also find them through their podcasts on Spotify, WeHeartItRadio, and Youtube.

You Voted, Now What? HBCUs Band Together to Discuss Post-Election Political Activism

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer

Picture credit: Katie Rodriguez on Unsplash

The 2020 Presidential Election season has sparked a fire within America like no other. Motivated by a need to be represented in the political arena, millions of Americans rallied to place their votes in for the next President of the United States, who is now Joe Biden. However, does a push for change in this country end with who becomes the President? Not when it concerns Hampton University’s Political Science Club. 

 On Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m EST, Hampton University, joined by several other HBCUs including but not limited to Texas Southern, Dillard, Jackson State, Norfolk State, and more, held a joint event, “You Voted! Now What?” That evening, the schools discussed what to do to ensure change post-election. 

The event hit the ground running with an impactful message from a special guest, U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district. He advised students to remain involved past the election date and to continue to stay active in one’s community, for local politics directly influence the area in which one lives. 

“You don’t disengage, you stay engaged,” Representative Thompson said. “In a democracy, you stay involved.” 

From there, the conversation started on the matter of political efficacy, which is the measure of citizens’ trust in their influence upon politics and policy. Students from various HBCUs agreed that the best move to make after the election is to remain involved, be aware of your local representatives, and ultimately assimilate yourself within the community. By becoming involved in your local community, you can keep abreast of changes to policy and have a better understanding of how potential bills can impact the area in which you live. 

The consensus amongst Hampton students, as well as other HBCU students attending, was that while voting is a very important part of maintaining your voice, it is just as important to make sure your elected officials are aware that they have a responsibility to the people first. 

The second topic of the night was that of voter registration and, more specifically, voter suppression. A recurring problem regarding election seasons on their own, voter suppression has become even more important to talk about this election because of its popularity and how stressed voting has become. Event attendees were challenged to name as many possible sources

of voter Suppression there are, in which things as broken poll machinery, Exact Match laws, and lack of accessible voting stations were named. 

To solve this, HBCU representatives at this event offered volunteering at voting stations so that there was more personnel for more voting areas to open up, thus increasing accessibility. Also, lobbying against Exact Match laws was suggested, as exact signature match laws can easily result in an invalid vote if your signature has changed from the one listed on your registration. 

Overall, perhaps the most important discussion of the night was when the conversation switched to institutionalized racism. How best to be protected in a country that wasn’t originally meant to protect black citizens and how to make your voice heard when elected officials fail to represent you. 

As we live in a time in which racial tensions are high, and acts of violence against black people and minorities, in general, are becoming more and more common, the HBCU representatives present at the event stressed that unity amongst black people is key. Now more than ever, it is imperative to band together and ensure that everyone is made aware of the black voice. Whether it be police brutality against a black man or a black woman or a case of social injustice, the black community should band together to support change on all fronts. 

With this in mind, the conversation shifted back to activism, and the idea of holding elected officials responsible. From knowing who your representatives are to holding them accountable, we can ensure that our representatives represent the people, looking out for our interests, instead of working for their own. 

As the event closed, the HBCU attendees advised each other to make sure that they are aware of their representatives through apps like Causes, an app that lets you know who your representatives are and how to contact them. They made it clear that while voting and the election is a wonderful first step, it is not the only step. We must continue the fight for the change that we want. We fight today so that tomorrow is easier.

The Votes Are In: Hampton Students React to the 2020 Presidential Election Results

Vashti Dorman | Staff Writer

Picture credit: Clay Banks on Unsplash

The election results are in, and Joe Biden has been elected to serve as the 46th president of the United States. The news came early Saturday, and with the advances in technology and social media, the news of his victory quickly spread through the Hampton University community. 

Since Hampton is currently online for the 2020-2021 semester due to COVID-19, celebrating together on social media was the closest thing to celebrating on campus. Even though students felt an obvious disappointment from not being able to share this moment in person with their fellow peers and classmates, Hampton students didn’t allow distance to stop them from enjoying this monumental movement in history for our community. 

“I found out through Twitter when one of my friends tweeted ‘Biden Won,’said Briana Previlon, a third-year Political Science major from Boston, Massachusetts. “I’m kind of sad we aren’t on campus to celebrate together, but we celebrated together online in a way,” she finished. 

On every social media platform, Hampton students were celebrating by posting comical videos, sharing posts, and tweeting to show their excitement for Donald Trump losing to Joe Biden. Also, a lot of first-time voters displayed excitement for casting their first ballot for the first African American and female vice president. 

“This is my first time voting, and it just so happens that I was allowed the pleasure of voting for a black woman,” said Cheri Manning, a third-year psychology major from Rochester, New York. “I cried when I found out Joe and Kamala won. I never thought it would be possible in this America,” she continued. 

Many Hampton students felt the same way, tweeting about their excitement and joy for being able to see the first woman of color elected as the next vice president of America. 

After months of struggling to adapt to online learning, receiving what seems like an endless load of bad news, and surviving the unparalleled year of 2020 overall, students showed that they needed something to celebrate. This news served as a mental break for several people, allowing them to set aside whatever stresses they were facing at the moment and share in the joy of the presidential election results. 

Later that day, the Hampton community shared a historic moment in watching Kamala Harris give a speech on national television as the first woman of color vice president of the United States. Many students shared tears of joy to be able to see a woman from the same background as them run the country.

“When I saw Kamala give her speech, I cried,” said Daeline Brown, a third-year journalism major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “She even shouted out black women. We never get the applause that we deserve, so I love her for that,” she finished. 

A lot of students were nervous throughout the week after election day due to the electoral votes fluctuating so much and the counts moving so slowly. After the news spread about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris surpassing the 270 electoral votes needed, they felt a sense of relief knowing they wouldn’t have four more years of Trump.

Kamala Harris Makes History as America’s First Black, First South Asian and First Female Vice President

Sydney McCall | Staff Writer  

For the first time in American history, on November 7, a woman was elected to the nation’s second highest office.  

Kamala Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, will be sworn in as the highest ranking woman in the country on January 20, 2021. Her victory makes her America’s first Black, first South Asian, and first female vice president-elect. Harris’ win comes at the end of the Trump era, largely affiliated with a rise in white supremacy, xenophobia, and misogyny.  

This is not the first time the California Senator, has broken barriers. In 2016, she became the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to ever serve in the United States Senate. Her position as the future vice president comes as a triumph to many that were devastated in 2016, when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, after being the first woman to ever win the presidential nomination of a major party.

Kamala Harris’ win symbolizes a beacon of hope for women, people of color, and HBCU students around the nation. Harris is a 1986 graduate of Howard University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest Black sorority in the country. Her victory gave her sorors and students at historically black colleges a moment to shine while also seeing a representation of themselves in a powerful place.  

“I feel very empowered to know that a woman of color is going to be making some of the big decisions in this country,” said Janiya Pearson, freshman class president at Hampton. “Kamala has truly made history in this nation and seeing her lets me know that I can one day do the same.” 

In her first speech as vice president-elect, Harris wore all white, mirroring the uniform of the suffragettes who 100 years ago, advocated for women’s right to vote in this country. She also recognized how historic the moment was and what it meant for women.  

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said. “Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.” 

  The Vice President-elect also used her victory speech to recognize the importance of black women in this election, honoring them as the “backbone of our democracy.”   Harris and President-Elect Biden have stressed the importance of compassion and unity in our country and plan to use their time in office to do so.

Mississippi Votes “Yes” to Adopt New State Flag

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer

Photographer: Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

In addition to voting for the next President of the United States, and for the legalization of medical marijuana, Mississippi Voters were tasked with a referendum that would address the state’s legacy and national perception. 

Ballot measure 3, which asked voters if  the state legislature should vote to adopt a new flag, passed with 71.4 percent of voters choosing yes.

In 2001, Mississippi voters voted overwhelmingly to keep the state flag; and in 2015, state legislators unsuccessfully proposed a bill that would take state funding away from schools that refused to fly the state flag with the confederate emblem. 

The current state flag was adopted in 1894, and as of 2020, is the only state flag that still had the confederate emblem.

While many felt that the flag continued to highlight the state’s role in the country’s history of  slavery and segregation, others argued that it prevented the state from growing relationships with outside economic influences. For example, in June, the NCAA announced that no championship game would be played in Mississippi until the state flag was changed. 

The Mississippi legislature took the first steps in replacing the flag by passing House Bill 1796, which called for artists to submit proposals for a new flag and the retirement of the current flag. 

A task force established by the bill would sort through more than 3,000 flag submissions, before eventually settling on the new “In God We Trust” magnolia flag. 

The flag features a large magnolia, the state flower, in the center of a deep blue background. The magnolia is surrounded by 20 white flowers, which represents Mississippi being the 20th state. A single gold star symbolizes the tribes of indigidous people native to Mississippi. 

State representative Jeramey Anderson praised the bipartisan effort by his fellow legislators in a statement to CNN. 

“This was a bold, bipartisan step that shows the world Mississippi is finally ready to step out from under the cloud of slavery and Jim Crow. But it isn’t the final step,”Anderson said. “Mississippi and the United States remain plagued by systemic racism that keeps people of color from being truly free and equal.”

This measure of progress is an example of the changing culture of the south, as changes are being made that were unthinkable less than two decades ago. 

Joe Biden elected as 46th President of the United States

Sydney McCall | Staff Writer

Biden and Harris at their COVID-19 Briefing: AP/Carolyn Kaster

After a four-day election process, Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated President Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. Biden’s campaign was run as a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

Biden won with 290 electoral college votes, surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency. His victory was announced after winning Pennsylvania. The president-elect received a total of 75,678,364 votes, the most votes for any presidential candidate in history, according to the Associated Press. 

Biden’s triumph comes after one of the most tumultuous presidential elections in history. The president-elect routinely criticized the current administration’s handling of the COVID-19 and other key issues.

Black voters in urban cities helped deliver the election for Biden as about 87% of Black voters voted for the former vice president according to preliminary exit polling. 

Black voters in urban cities like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Detroit helped swing their respective states blue. These cities are around 39% black, according to NBC news. 

In his victory speech, Biden acknowledged the importance that Black Americans had in his win. 

“When this campaign was at its lowest, the African American community stood up again for me,” Biden said. “They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.” 

With the election of Biden comes the new Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris. Harris is the first female, first black, and first South Asian Vice President.

“We did it, we did it Joe. You’re going to be the next President of the United States,” Harris said on a phone call with Biden that she shared on Instagram.

Biden-Harris supporters gathered after the news of his win. Thousands of supporters spilled into the streets of Washington D.C. and other major U.S. cities singing and cheering. The Star Spangled Banner played through Capitol Hill as thousands screamed “It’s over.” 

While Biden and Harris will not be officially sworn in until January 20, 2021, the pair have already shared their plans for their transition into the White House. On Nov. 9, Biden named a COVID-19 transition advisory board made up of distinguished public health experts. The president-elect also held a COVID-19 briefing, laying out his plans for the country as we move forward in the pandemic.

President Donald Trump has shown no intentions to concede. He claims that there was widespread voter fraud that cost him the election and his legal team has filed multiple lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, battleground states that he narrowly lost. There is currently no proof of any widespread voter fraud, according to the Associated Press. Trump is the first sitting president to not be re-elected since 1992.