What We Should Remember From the Reconstruction Era as Joe Biden Talks About Unity

“Unity” has been the buzzword for the last couple of months, and especially with the election of Joe Biden, a centrist Democrat, there has been hope that he will bring the country together again. With a diverse cabinet, which started off with Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris as his Vice President, breaking several glass ceilings in one swoop as the first woman and first person of Black and South Asian heritage to be Vice President of the United States.

It is a moment filled with promise, deep promise, but then I hear the term “unity,” and my anxiety flares up once more—not because unity is bad, but what we give up in order to have unity is the issue.

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