We at RHEDI are relieved at the presidential election results and are grateful and indebted to those who worked tirelessly to organize and facilitate voting, especially those in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. We must give special thanks to the courageous Black women, Indigenous voters and other BIPOC who once again provided leadership and came out in large numbers to vote against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and injustice.
We are hopeful and optimistic to have Kamala Harris as our vice-president-elect—the first woman and the first Black and Asian-American person in this role. We hope she will be an important voice for our work. While we are comforted to see that so many voters want change, we are also acutely aware that this election merely opens the possibility of progress—which will require enormous effort and solidarity on many different fronts. The fact that the opposition’s hateful, racist agenda garnered the support of at least 72 million people reminds us that racism and xenophobia are alive and well in the United States and are actively empowered by a major political party. It also reflects the persistence of foundational American structures and institutions that suppress democracy and equity in the United States, and which perpetuate white supremacy and reproductive and social injustice. Although we celebrate the end of an administration with dangerously authoritarian practices, we are now challenged to intensify our antiracist work and our advocacy for universal and equitable access to healthcare, including abortion care, pregnancy care, and primary care—especially for our most vulnerable communities. It also calls us to advocate for policies that promote economic justice, defunding of the police, and carceral reform, as well policies that support immigrant families, BIPOC communities, and LGBTQ communities. Legislatively, it urges us to turn our eyes toward the crucial runoff races for the Senate in Georgia and to support BIPOC-led groups working on the ground there to fight voter suppression and support progressive candidates.
We look forward to joining in this hard work, finding ways that we can share this perspective with future generations of family medicine providers, and transforming the content and process of medical training.
-The RHEDI Team