Kamala Harris was a junior United States Senator for California and recently has been selected as the running mate by Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential election. She was also the first Black and Indian American woman to represent California in the United States Senate. Kamala’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics, while her mother immigrated from India.
In 2010, Kamala became the first Black woman to be elected California Attorney General, overseeing the country’s second largest Justice Department, second only to the U.S. Department of Justice. Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Kamala has introduced and co-sponsored legislations to help the middle class, increase the minimum wage to $15, reform cash bail, and defend the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.
The decision for her selection was taken after a letter from the Black community which said “For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from the rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support.” It went on - “Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don’t because we are tired of voting for devils — period.”
It seems that the decision was an act to please the community. For long minorities have been seen as Vote Banks in various countries. This makes us wonder as to whether there is a real concern for them or are they just being used.
Moreover, was the ethnicity of Kamala Harris the reason for her selection or her work? Was it just a tactic used for the elections or really a humanitarian move? And the most important question: Is she really the most preferred one by Joe Biden considering that she was among his Democrats' primary opponents for the nomination?
Either ways, after the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration, this move seems to make a big difference in the bids of gaining the confidence of minorities. Would this ultimately help at the ballot?