President-elect and Vice-President elect of the United States, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were chosen the Person of the Year 2020 by TIME Magazine.
The pair was chosen among the other finalists that were POTUS Donald Trump; frontline healthcare workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Movement for Racial Justice.
Biden beat Trump in a landslide by winning 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232 to end the Trump’s presidency after one term, putting the latter in a small club of presidents that have served just one term.
In the process, Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first Black, and the first South Asian vice president-elect of the United States.
“For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.”, TIME said.
“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and worldviews that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” it added.
Among the other titles, LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers was announced as the Athlete of the Year while the seven member K-pop group BTS was awarded the Entertainer of the Year. CEO and founder of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan was announced as the Businessperson of the Year.
Frontline health workers and racial-justice organizations were announced as the Guardians of the Year.
“On the front line against COVID-19, the world’s health care workers displayed the best of humanity—selflessness, compassion, stamina, courage—while protecting as much of it as they could. By risking their lives every day for the strangers who arrived at their workplace, they made conspicuous a foundational principle of both medicine and democracy: equality. By their example, health care workers this year guarded more than lives,” TIME said about the frontline health workers.
“When George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May, it was proof—if anyone needed it—that Black lives are still not treated as equal in America. In the aftermath of his death, a wave of outrage surged and was harnessed by organizers, both veteran and newly energized, to bring millions to the streets and spotlight the inequities in a world that claims to be far better than it is. The movement for racial justice found its voice in multitudes: a mother in Kenosha delivering her frank report to Joe Biden; a sister in Paris calling for police accountability in her brother’s death. In this extraordinary year, they guarded truth—lived truth,” it added about the racial-justice organizations that took the world by a storm.
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