The news of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory rolled across Atlanta, starting with alerts on phones and growing into a huge celebration. A “count the vote rally,” sponsored in part by a get-out-the-vote group founded by the former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams, had been planned in Freedom Park from the beginning to mix protest and celebration.
But celebration seemed to win the day. All along Moreland Avenue, the north-south traffic artery bordering the park, hundreds of people sped by honking incessantly. Protesters on the sidewalk waved signs and flags proclaiming Black lives matter, or in support of the Biden-Harris ticket. One woman hoisted twin signs that read “GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE,” and a put-down, surely directed at Mr. Trump, which the president himself often favors: “LOSER.”