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All minorities, except Asian Americans, fare worse than white people with the coronavirus. Black Americans do the worst among all groups. They are twice as likely to die as white Americans.

Where a person lives relates to their health. Low-income neighborhoods have more tobacco stores leading to smoking and lung problems, less fresh food stores leading to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and less access to quality health care. Pollution affects these neighborhoods adversely.

In addition, Black Americans are more likely to be essential workers.

Nonetheless, despite the health hazards of voting, Black Americans voted for Biden — 91 percent of women and 80 percent of men. They defeated voter suppression efforts and in major cities, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, paved the way for a Biden victory.

“We have gone from picking cotton to picking presidents,” a Detroit chaplain declared.

Similarly, in swing states like Arizona and Wisconsin, Native Americans, with 57 percent to 90 percent favoring Biden, strongly contributed to his victory.

The lack of current presidential response to the virus was seen as a key factor. Despite misclassification and underreporting of virus cases, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are hospitalized 5.3 times more than white Americans and their death rates were higher in 15 states.

Kamala Harris, who will be the second in command, represents so many firsts — first Black, South Asian, and woman Vice President. Her selection is a response to the long term support of the Democratic Party by Black women. As she pointed out, while she is the first woman Vice President, “she won’t be the last.”

My thoughts turned to how we treat losers. We desert them. Fox News was the first network to announce that Arizona had gone for Biden. Without their power source, losers end up alone. A recent rally of Trump supporters in North Dakota reported by past Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, was a gathering of 200 supporters.

Melania Trump and Jared Kushner have advised Trump to concede. White House staff are being let go; the lawyers will remain to continue legal actions about voter fraud, which have been ineffective so far.

Trump’s lawyers have sought to prove that the election was a fraud in order for Trump to maintain his influence over his supporters. In 2000, the results of the Gore-Bush election were disputed, due to the closeness of the results in Florida. A mere 537 votes separated the two candidates.

Nearly 5 million votes across the country separate Biden and Trump.

As of this date, Pennsylvania is still counting ballots and Biden is anticipated to win by over 50,000 in this state alone. Over 10,000 votes separate Biden and Trump in such unlikely states as Arizona and Georgia. Voter fraud of this magnitude is hard to imagine.

Yet Trump is looking forward to running again in 2024 and is soliciting for money for his new campaign.

The concept of lame-duck applies to this president. A lame-duck stock trader is one who can’t cover his losses, a defaulter. How appropriate. Unwilling to concede, the president holds on without grace.

Meanwhile, Biden initiates the transition to his administration with calmness. The aspect of quiet competence is how I would characterize the Biden transition so far.

I am grateful.

I am looking forward to the two Senate races in Georgia. It’s a long shot, but I am hopeful that Warnock and Ossoff will win and give the Democrats a majority in the Senate, so our country can move forward domestically with providing adequate health care for all Americans, reducing racial divisions, and changing the narrative away from defund the police to provision of appropriate resources for mentally troubled.

The response of other countries to Biden offers hope. We will re-enter the Paris accord. We will reaffirm our relationships with our allies.

A democratic America is back.

{span}Roberta Devlin-Scherer has a doctorate from Temple University and was a professor at Seton Hall University for 20 years. She has written books, articles and poetry. She lives in Sunderland.{/span}


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