Ms. Taylor DeLoach shared the following remarks with our Frederick Douglass Campus Team on Monday morning:
Regardless of which candidate you voted for, this election was historic in many ways:
-161 million people voted, the highest number of people in history.
-66.8% of voters voted, the highest percentage since 1900.
-President-elect Joe Biden earned 75 million votes, the most votes for any presidential candidate in US history.
-The Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, also made history as the first woman, the first Black, the first Indian, and the first biracial VP in US history.
Ultimately though, this election is about more than just the candidates. There is still so much work to be done. The future of this country and of our planet is on the line. We must continue the fight for climate change policies that will heal the earth. We must continue the fight against systemic racism. We must continue to fight for immigration policies that keep families together and honor the humanity of those seeking a better life.
Our work is to educate ourselves, our families, and our kids, so we can continue to act. We will vote, we will advocate, we will teach! We are educating the next generation of voters and leaders in New Bedford and beyond. Just off the tops of our heads, we could all name many scholars who could be the next Mayor, or the next Governor, or the next President — our kids are incredible! And they are dreaming big already! We owe it to them to keep engaging in this work.
The work of creating a just world – a world that our kids and families deserve, a world that we deserve, a world that all marginalized communities deserve – doesn’t end after an election. We are in this together, and I am so honored to do this work with all of you!