Kamala Harris has made history. And she is a queen for it.
As we all have probably already seen, the media has projected that Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States and for Kamala Harris to be the Vice President. YAYYYYYYYYY!!!
This is an amazing step for our country’s future, especially because Kamala Harris is not only the first female VP, but also the first person of color to be VP. A lot of inspirational videos have been circulating Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media sources about how this will inspire many young girls to see that they too, can be a political figure.
It’s really powerful to see the videos of people celebrating in the streets of Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, etc. and how joyous they are that this country can strive towards equality.
Not only has Kamala Harris made history as the vice president elect, but she was also the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general. Back in 2016 when she was elected as a United States senator, she had become only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history. Our country continues to become more racially diverse and she embodies the idea that we can continue to grow in this fashion.
Despite all of the videos, Instagram posts, and other articles circulating that are empowering women and people of color, there are still so many videos from the opposing viewpoint going around. Many Trump supporters are concerned about voter fraud and the validity of the mail in ballots. Trump supporters often feel threatened that someone that stands for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, black lives matter, climate change, etc. has won the election fair and square.
What is really interesting to see is how the election map would look depending on if only women voted, if only people of color voted, if only the youth voted, etc. If only women voted, if only people of color voted, or if only the youth voted, Biden would have won the election by a landslide. A record number of Americans turned out this year to complete their civic duty and voted in this election, showing how important this election was to millions of Americans and how much people really cared about their rights.
But, we have to keep in mind that although Biden got more votes than Trump, it was still a pretty evenly split election, which means so many people still support Donald Trump regardless of his racist and sexist comments, and his complete disregard for the pandemic. Joe Biden is still not the most ideal president, but I think what he stands for is much more appropriate for the future of this country, and to have Kamala Harris as his running mate makes it even better. We must hope that Biden sticks to his campaign promises, as he has spoken out about systemic racism in his 2020 campaign, but has also had a past of making decisions that don’t reflect his current promises. We can only hope that Biden and Harris make the necessary changes towards the future we want to see. I think the only way we can go is up, as Donald Trump downplayed the racial violence in this country even though it is still extremely prevalent.
To read another blog post about the election over the past week, click here.
But to bring it all back, I am happy to see that a woman is finally in office, and I have confidence in Kamala Harris as she is a powerful figure that will work to make the necessary changes we need.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.” – Kamala Harris during her post-victory speech in Delaware
“Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.” – Kamala Harris during the VP debate
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