Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice President for 2020 by Anjeanette LeBoeuf


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August 11th saw Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden announce his pick for Vice President. This pick broke open the history books; California US Senator Kamala Harris. Kamala has been steadily rising as a political force for over ten years. Her nomination is groundbreaking on so many levels. So, let us talk about Senator Harris.

Kamala Devi Harris was born in Oakland, CA to mom Shyamala Gopalan, a Madras born immigrant Cancer Researcher who held a PhD in Nutrition and Endocrinology, and Father Donald Harris, a Jamaican born immigrant Economics Professor. Kamala stated in the press conference on August 12th that her parents met at a Civil Rights Rally and continued to encourage their two daughters similarily.

***When we talk about Kamala, we need to make sure we mention that she is of Black and South Asian descent. ***

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Kamala’s maternal grandparents were born in Madras (Chennai), India. Her grandfather held a Civil Servant position under the British Raj, worked for the Zambian government as Director of Relief Measures and Refugees in the 1960’s, and as a Joint Secretary for the Indian Republic. Civil service is in Kamala’s lineage. WHEN Biden/Harris get elected in November, Kamala Harris will become the FIRST Black/South Asian Woman, to hold the Vice President position. Her birth and career in California, will also make her the first West Coast native. Her husband, Doug Emhoff will become the first “2nd Gentleman” and it is this presidential ticket will see the first time people of Jewish descent are that highly connected to the White House.  (Two of Biden’s children are married to people who are Jewish.)

Kamala graduated from Howard University and UC Hastings, College of Law. She holds two honorary degrees; the first awarded in 2015 by USC and the second from Howard University in 2017.

harris honorary degree

Senator Harris started her law career in 2004 as a District Attorney in San Francisco which she held until 2010. She was elected California’s Attorney General from 2010-2016. Kamala became the first South Asian and 2nd Black woman to be voted into the U.S. Senate in 2016 when she won the vacant seat held by Senator Barbara Boxer.

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As a Senator, she is part of four major committees: Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, Budget Committee, and the Homeland Security/Government Affairs Committee. She took part in the vetting proceedings of the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Participating in the hearings surrounding U.S. Attorney General William Barr as well as the 2019-2020 Impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

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Most recently she was part of the hearings questioning Homeland Security’s role and actions in the protests in Portland.

FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President Biden and Senator Harris take the stage in Detroit

The Right Wing, Trump Campaign, and Trump himself have already started attacking; many of which are illogical, racist, and sexist. Tweets surrounding Harris’s Jamaican roots being tied to a famous Irish Slave Owner were meant to delegitimize her position within the Black community but are actually refusing to acknowledge the harsh realities that slaves – especially women faced.

And yes, liberals and democrats have also voiced their concerns over Harris’s records surrounding prosecution, incarceration, approval of military spending, etc.

***It should be mentioned that yes, Senator Harris’s judicial record has contributed to the rising numbers of mass incarceration when she was a San Francisco District Attorney and California’s Attorney General, and yet her overall work is laud worthy and she is qualified for the Vice Presidency. ***

When it comes down to it, America, we have lost over 160,000 lives in this country to COVID19. We are facing a crumbling economy that will bring about an epic economic depression the likes that will surpass the 1930’s Depression.  Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove have not be charged with the murder of Breonna Taylor. Every day, peaceful protests are still happening which are met by Government sponsored violence. Director Ava DuVernay posted a response to those that have spoke out against Harris. She writes:

“There is no debate anymore. There’s no room for it in my book. We either make this happen. Or literally, more of us perish. People are dying. Someone I love died…Oh but, Kamala did this or she didn’t do that. I hear you. I know. And I don’t care.

Because what she DIDN’T DO is abandon citizens in a pandemic, rip babies from their mother’s arms at the border, send federal troops to terrorize protestors, manufacture new ways to suppress Black and Brown votes, actively disrespect Indigenous people and land, traffic in white supremacist rhetoric in an effort to stir racist violence at every turn, attempt to dismantle most American democratic systems of checks and balance, degrade women all day everyday, infect the Supreme Court with another misogynist hack, demolish America’s standing on climate, actively cultivate and further white supremacist structures and systems across all aspects of American daily life. I mean, that’s what she DIDN’T do. So I don’t wanna hear anything bad about her. It doesn’t matter to me.

Vote them in and then let’s hold them accountable. Anything other than that is insanity.

It’s ego. It’s against our own interests. It’s selfish. It’s disrespectful to our elders. It’s nonsense. It’s talking to hear yourself talk. This is a matter of life or death. We need all our energy focused. This is a fight for more than can be expressed here. There is no debate anymore. Not for me anyway.”

America, we must learn from 2016 when countless progressives and those in the middle chose to tear down Hilary Clinton and we were forced into having an openly sexist, racist misogynist as President. American voters, we do have power in who we elect AND to make sure that those we elect are held accountable. Joe Biden might not have been your first choice; he is not free and clear of his own problematic record. Yet anything other then Biden/Harris is death.

harris making history

What I also know is that Joe Biden promised a woman as his Vice President and as of August 11, we have the first Black and South Asian woman Vice President candidate in history. And today that gives me hope.

thats the ticket

 

Anjeanette LeBoeuf is hunkering down during this pandemic and hopes all that reads this are safe and well. She is the Queer Advocate for the Western Region of the American Academy of Religion. She continued to put in work to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Vanessa Guilen and the 7 other murders at Fort Hood  and for the countless unnamed people who have been taken from our world.  



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7 replies

  1. I am not a huge fan of the Biden/Harris ticket, and as we get nearer to THE DAY, I have seriously considered sitting out on the sidelines on this one, disgusted by so much divisiveness and poison on both sides of the line, as I think the VAST majority of the SILENT majority are. I tell you what is making me change my mind. Every time I go to YouTube, I see yet another hate and fear filled horrific video by the Vote for Trump campaign. It completely boggles my mind that this man is our President and running again promoting such vitriolic, immature, ‘trash talk’ as if this were a WWW match. It makes me ashamed to be human.

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  2. I like the Biden/Harris ticket! I think they’re both intelligent, compassionate people. Not sociopaths like the Orange T. Rex occupying the White House.

    Caryn and everyone else–PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE. We need to get the T. Rex out and get people who care about things like families and climate change into office.

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  3. Like you I don’t care what she did. The list of what she didn’t
    do is what’s important now. We have a crazed person in the white house – yes gods we can’t afford to be picky.

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  4. Anjeanette, thank you for writing this and highlighting Kamala Harris’s bio and her works. I love that she is in touch with all her multi-culturalness. That is something special and reminds me of how we are all interconnected in more ways than we know. Kamala Harris embodies that outwardly and she is articulate and brilliant besides.

    I get those who don’t like either side as I personally think our whole system sits upon rotted roots. And even with Biden/Harris at the top, I’m not sure that will change enough. But this is the system we’ve got at least for now and to ignore the cruelty and amoralness of one side and not vote is not an option for me. As the protests say and I highlight now: SILENCE IS VIOLENCE. I think of the Martin Niemöller poem:

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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  5. I’m worried because “I’m not Trump” did not inspire lots of swing voters and independent voters to come out for Clinton. A higher percentage of Sanders supporters voted for Clinton, than Clinton supporters voted for Obama, so please don’t blame progressives. The DNC needs to inspire a big turnout with a bold agenda that convinces people they will bring meaningful change. People vote FOR things, not just against Trump. Will Harris inspire people to come vote for her? Maybe, we shall see. We can hope. It certainly would be a relief finally to have a female in there at long last, and a woman of color even better.

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