Yesterday, Joe Biden, the Democratic hopeful selected his VP. He selected Kamala Harris, the senator from California that has been serving since 2017. Harris is now the third female vice presidential candidate of a major party in US history, following in the footsteps of Sarah Palin (2008) and Geraldine Ferraro (1984). However, this is a historic selection being that Harris is the first Black Woman selected to the ticket. In even more Black news around this historic pick, Kamala Harris is the first HBCU graduate (Howard University) to appear on a major party's nomination ticket.
Howard has now produced: the
- First Black Woman VP nominee
- First Black Supreme Court Justice
- First Black US Senator
- First Black US Governor
- First Black Woman Lawyer
- First Black Harvard Business School graduate
- First African American and First Black Woman Attorney General in the state of New York.
The 55 year old will help with gaining more fundraising and votes for the Democratic ticket. There was speculation around Biden selecting Harris, but with it being confirmed, they will get right to work addressing police reform, HBCUs being properly funded, student loan debt, the diversity in federal judge appointments, retaining Obamacare, and the people that are being detained in the ICE camps; just to name a few. Biden and Harris both have adopted ideology from Elizabeth Warren, who was one of the more progressive Presidential candidates for the Democratic Party.
Biden was intentional about selecting a woman as his VP. Back in March, he said, "There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.” Earlier this week, 100+ Black men that are in the public eye such as Diddy and Ben Crump wrote a letter to Biden saying he would lose the election if he did not select a Black woman. While they are more interested in the policies that come forth from the selection, the Black women that were options were better fits for the role.
While this is a huge win for Kamala Harris, several others see this as a win as well. To start, Howard University students and alumni get to see one of their own race for the White House. Also, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, as Harris is a member and joined the Alpha chapter during her time at Howard. She now has a whole sisterhood to back her. Black women are also winners here, seeing someone like them be hand selected for a role of this magnitude. HBCU graduates are winners in this, as they can see that HBCUs do in fact prepare you for the real world. Lastly, Maya Rudolph, shes a big winner in this. Rudolph hilariously portrays Harris on Saturday Night Live (fast forward to 1:20, 6:35, 8:50, and 11:40) and was even nominated for an Emmy for her work acting as Harris. With Harris being selected as VP, this will give Maya more tv content to review and act out for us to laugh at.
Kamala said in a video on Twitter, "I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief. We are in a battle for the soul of this nation. But together, it's a battle we can win. I am ready to work." Congrats Kamala on this historic selection.
Everyone, please ALWAYS remember, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!!!
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