Black voters have said they don’t believe Mr. Biden will be a solution to all of the policing issues in their communities. But at least he recognized the systemic racism, they said, which Mr. Trump refused to do. They hoped Mr. Trump’s exit would mean more civility.
“We have a lot of people who have shown their faces and their horns,” said Lakaisha Stoner, 27, a small business owner in Louisville, adding that she hoped racism would be less visible in the future. “I’m just ready for a positive change, I can’t stress that enough,” she said.
A new president is the starting point, she added.
In a sign that the video of a police officer killing Mr. Floyd made an impression on the public, even among supporters of the president, 70% of voters polled in the AP VoteCast poll said racism in police services was a very serious or fairly serious problem. , and of those voters, three in ten voted for Mr. Trump.
And for some immigrants who are neither black nor white, the protests have unfolded in a complicated way. Jose Nunez, an electrician who immigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2002, said he voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but this time voted for Mr. Biden. He changed because he noticed an ugliness among Mr. Trump’s supporters with waving flags and angry placards. But, he said, Democrats also needed to broaden their appeal to him.
“I don’t want to talk about race or everyday police brutality,” he said. “It‘s crazy.”
Others really wanted both sides to talk about other things. Jose Soto, 37, a Navy veteran in Madison, Wisconsin who now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said he cares most about education and health care, but none of the issues seemed to be raised in the countryside. He loved Bernie Sanders, saying, “That feels like every time he talks he talks to me “and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. On Tuesday he voted for Mr. Trump.