There Is No Vaccine For Racism: Kamala Harris
As Senator Kamala Harris accepts the nomination for Vice President of the United States of America, she couldn't help but thank her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, for teaching her values and to be proud of their Indian as well as Black heritage.
As Senator Kamala Harris accepts the nomination for vice president of the United States of America, she couldn't help but thank her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, for teaching her values and to be proud of their Indian as well as Black heritage.
Kamala Harris addressed democrats on August 19th, where she shared her experience as a longtime prosecutor in America. She recalled her victories, her fights for saving the sexual assault survivors and her fight against racism. She states, “There is no vaccine for racism."
Mrs Harris began her speech by recalling the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guarantees all the American women the right to vote and celebrates the women who fought for that right. She also mentioned how still after fighting for their rights so many Black women were still prohibited from voting but they were all undeterred. As she continues, she also mentions some of the women who inspired the entire women community and gave a beautiful example of how women can be allies of other women.
"Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm. We are not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders."
They say we shouldn't forget our roots and turns out Mrs. Harris has not forgotten her roots either. While talking about her family members she gave a shout out to her "Chithis" back in India. "Family is my uncles, my aunts and my chithis". "Chithi", a tamil word for 'Aunty', not only won the hearts of millions of Indians but even Americans praised her for saying Chithi. Apart from thanking her family members she also shared her vision for America: A beloved community where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, no matter where we come from or who we love. In comparison to Trump's racist comments from the 1970's till now, Harris looks like a fresh breath of hope that America needs right now.
She imagined the United States as “a country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth” and also as a place “where we look out for one another” and “we rise and fall as one.” Not only that but she also made a case for her running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
“We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better and do the important work,” she added. “A president who will bring all of us together — Black, white, Latino, Asian, Indigenous — to achieve the future we collectively want. We must elect Joe Biden", she said.
Harris’s nomination is historic. She is the first Black woman, the first Asian American woman to join a major party’s presidential ticket. If Joe Biden wins in November, she’ll be America’s first woman vice president. Barack Obama also showed his support to Mrs. Hariss through a tweet, "I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing."
All eyes are glued on the 59th Quadrennial Presidential Election that is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. So, are you team #Harrisforvp or #Penceforvp ?