Will Kamala Harris Eventually Be The First Female President In The United States?
The moment all Americans were anticipating finally led to a moment of many firsts and empowerment even as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled his preferred choice of second in command.
While the list of possible vice presidents had women who had impeccable credentials and were super dynamic, the lucky dice fell on Kamala Harris.
But who is Kamala (read as Co-mala) Harris? With her many firsts that came with this nomination, could she eventually be the first female president of the United States, should she decide to run for oval office someday?
Kamala Harris, born in October 20, 1964, to a Jamaican father, who was a Maths professor in The US and an Indian mother who was a scientists, a cancer researcher to be precise.
She is also the first Indian American to serve in the US Senate and is also the second black woman elected in senate. She has also served as an attorney general in the United States. Now, she is the first black woman who will appear on a major political party’s ticket.
The Republican Party has so far been floating the birthism theory trying to discredit her and the Democrat party for giving her that position alleging that she was not born in the United States, but that has so far been shut down.
While there have been women who have tried to run for presidency but failed, what do the other two former female presidential candidates have to say about Kamala Harris and her nomination as the Democrat’s vice president candidate?
Carol Moseley Braun, who was the first black women elected into US Senate, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2003 but later dropped out of the race had cheers and praises for Kamala Harris.
Despite her quest to run for presidency being fuelled by a conversation she had with her niece who was 12 years then and one who questioned her about all American presidents being boys, felt the need to rewrite that story for her niece and other girls but she dropped out of the party presidential nomination race.
She says that Kamala Harris has broader shoulders to carry all the expectations expected and required of and from her and that she has impeccable credentials that balance her nominated position.
Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote in 2016 but lost the presidency to the now President Donald Trump, via her twitter had praises for Kamala Karris.
She tweeted, ‘’ I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.’’
But what does Kamala Harris bring to the table?
So far, her experiences and who she is brings different diverse voters to the table, or rather to the ballot.
Her, being a woman, already sparks interests in many women, but her specifically being a black woman, brings a majority of female black voters. She will likely secure the black women votes during the campaigns.
Being a daughter of immigrants, also gives her a key interest particularly to American Indians and other immigrants especially those who have been living in fear and in hiding due to the fear of being deported since President Donald Trump took oath and who has brought lots of changes on immigration policies in the United States.
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With her impeccable leadership skills and credentials, she will also be a person of interest who is likely to tap into the votes of white majority who prefer to vote for people who have good credentials where leadership is concerned.
Polls within the United States also show that among all the vice and presidential candidates, she is the only one getting a lot of attention and with people interested in getting to know more about who she is.
This could also be because among all the faces and list of people trying to get into White House, she is the new comer and one who is fairly new to the league of presidency and so most people are just getting to know who she is.
While accepting her nomination as the vice president candidate for the DNC’s party on Wednesday night, she moved people with her personal stories roping people into her personal life on being a daughter of immigrants, her senate experience and being a black woman in the United States.
Her dynamics as well also bring to test how far Americans are willing to go to deal and uproot racism from their system.
2020 saw an uprising in the United States that trickled down across different states across the globe following the death of a black man, George Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Being a black woman and a daughter of immigrants, will this be a reason that will be a plus for her or something that will take away from her?
In her book, The Truths We Hold, she delved into her journey and shares her experiences, but, it is time to see her live the lessons that her journey taught where public leadership is concerned and how she will browse through critics unbowed.
But, she has already raised the bar so high, one can only wait and see how far she is willing to go even as she keeps breaking one political barrier after the other.
This year marks 100 years since women in the United States were allowed to vote and having a woman, a black one for that matter on the ballot, in this year’s elections is a progressive win for women in the United States and globally.
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