This year’s TIME’S Person of the Year honors Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Biden was up against President Donald Trump, frontline healthcare workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci and the movement for racial justice. The decision comes down to who affected the news or our lives the most, for better or for worse.
“TIME’s Person of the Year over the course of nearly a century has been a measuring stick for where the world is and where it’s going,” TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote. “But how to make sense of 2020, a year without measure?”
The decision signals that healing, not disruption is our greatest solution for 2020 and responding to the aftermath of its trauma. There were few days this year that saw such collective joy like the day Biden secured the presidency.
“What I got most criticized for was I said we had to unite America,” Biden told Felsenthal in an interview. “I never came off that message in the primary or in the general election.”
In addition to uniting a nation, Biden and Harris have a heavy, long list of generation-altering issues to take on: the COVID-19 pandemic (which recently hit 3,000 deaths in a day), millions of children falling behind in school, millions of unemployed adults, an economic crisis and an overdue reckoning with racial injustice and the climate crisis. Not to mention the rampant misinformation spreading about COVID-19 and election fraud.
“Their challenge is, above all, not about any one policy, proposal or piece of legislation,” Felsenthal explained. “It is convincing America that a future exists, for all of us, together. It is nothing less than reconciling America with itself.”
Other honorees include Gitanjali Rao (inaugural kid of the year); rescue animals (pet of the year); LeBron James (athlete of the year); BTS (entertainer of the year); Zoom founder Eric Yuan (businessperson of the year); and Dr. Anthony Fauci, frontline health workers and racial-justice organizers all as the guardians of the year. 2020 was denoted as “the worst year ever.”
Read the full story by Time here.