Weekly report of a young feminist #22: It might be a good day for the US, finally. After four long years of one of the worst leaderships globally, Joe Biden followed by Kamala Harris might change the direction of American democracy. Or actually re-establish it.
The fact that Joe Biden wants to choose a woman, preferably belonging to a minority, as his running mate was already known. Firstly, who is she (apart from successful and very competent African American woman)? “The daughter of immigrants who took her in a stroller to civil rights protests, Harris has been a pathbreaker at almost every step of her political career. She was born in Oakland, where she later served on the frontlines of America’s harsh criminal justice system as a local prosecutor in the 1990s. She went on to become the first African American and the first woman elected as San Francisco district attorney in 2003 and as California attorney general in 2010. She was the second black woman and first south Asian woman elected to the US Senate in 2016.”
Secondly, why should we care (except for the fact that it concerns elections in one of the most important states)? For the first time in America’s 244-year-old history, a presidential candidate decided that it would be about the time to invite someone from that second half of the population to hold the mandate of vice-president. However, as always, there was a strong backlash movement against his choice coming from Republicans, current president, and conservative media. Trump already branded Harris as “nasty”, which was his favourite adjective when he was addressing Clinton during 2016 elections. Kaylee McGhee, a reporter from The Washington Post wrote something in a sense that his choice has a discriminating nature against men and that Harris can’t ever be perceived credible since she was chosen only because of her sex. But well, it’s impossible to expect that women can’t be a better option than men in 2020.
As opposed to the negativity, tons of cheerful reactions celebrating Biden’s choice were published. Starting with Obama’s tweet “I’ve known Senator Kamala Harris 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,” and ending with Harris’s opponent in the competition for the running mate Elizabeth Warren who tweeted that Harris would be a “great partner” to Biden “in making our government a powerful force for good in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice.”. However, the progressive and favourite NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was rather reserved when talking about the nominee. That might have been caused by Harris’s centric politics and multiple flaws during her previous professions.
In any case, only two women in American history were brave enough to run alongside the potential presidents. The first occurred in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro who was a running mate to Walter Mondale for Democrats, and the second person Sarah Palin, a vice presidential nominee campaigning with a Republican John McCain. However, it might be the first time in history when a presidential nominee with female running mate has a significant chance of winning. In addition to that, people state that their victory will make it look more like America.
To follow up on my first sentence stating that it might be a good day for the US, I finish this text with a statement by historian and author Ibram X Kendi who tweeted that “The Democrats now have a presidential ticket that reflects the American people better than the GOP ticket and every presidential ticket in US history,… It’s not everything. It’s not the crushing of racism + sexism. It’s not the freeing of Black womanhood. But it can be the start.”