Who’s Kamala Harris?
Even as the United States is battling protests against racism and inequality, one name has brought much-needed hope: Kamala Harris. The presidential contender Joe Biden has picked Harris as his running mate. In other words if Biden wins the November US presidential election, Harris would be the vice-president.
And if that happens, it would create history.
The Asian roots
Harris is the first Asian American and first Black woman in American history on a major party ticket to be chosen as a running mate. Harris was the first South Asian American to become a US senator.
The Indian identity
Harris’ mother is from India who graduated from University of Delhi and went to the University of Berkeley. She joined the civil rights movement and met her future husband there. Harris was mostly raised by her mother and not her Jamaican father. Her grandfather was an Indian civil servant, and she used to spend most of her summers here in Chennai.
Black Lives Matter
Her identity as a black woman also makes a point on the heels of a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement — over three months of some of the largest protests about race in the US since the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Asian Americans only account for 5% of the electorate, compared to 13% black voters.
Biden’s choice of Harris, and if he’s elected, would show a big change in American politics and social reforms. Biden is already 77 and has many times said that he doesn’t want to run for a second term, this would definitely open doors for Harris and women in American politics.