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Yes, Kamala Harris is Black

She’s been black for 55 years. Congratulations, Senator!

Vanessa Robinson
Aug 12 · 5 min read
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This isn’t an Angela Bassett movie. There must be an unwritten rule that every White House movie has to have Angela Bassett. But this is real life. Senator Kamala Harris is the VP pick by Vice President Joe Biden to run against Donald J. Trump.

Now it's on…are you ready?

But what else is wonderful about this historic moment? She wasn’t alone.

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has served as vice-president himself, has a number of contenders and factors to consider in the search for his running mate. The candidates include senators, congresswomen, governors, a mayor, a former UN ambassador, and a former state legislator. (CBC)

All of these women; any of these women were eminently qualified in education, experience, and background to be chosen as Vice President of the United States of America. The pipeline worked. Through the decades a large body of women has done the work. There are no more excuses, no more lies, no more backroom shenanigans for bypassing a woman candidate.

Are the binders full of women? You betcha it’s full.

When first considered, some doubted her blackness

Senator Harris’s blackness was doubted because her mother was from India, and her father is from Jamaica. However, as a person of color myself, I’m not familiar with this silly parsing of blackness that she was expected to undergo. Nobody’s ever asked me how black I am. Nobody cared about my father's or mother’s blackness. I was just black.

She went to a Historically Black University (HBCU; not that this is required) and became a member of a black sorority…

Even though, we could probably find white people who have gone to an HBCU and became a member of a black sorority — I have seen white men (in fraternity circles, not a sorority, of course) who have done this very thing.

And yet, blackness is so visual…there are black people who are not visually identified as “Black.” Senator Harris is not in that category. She can’t and never could “deny” her blackness even if she wanted to. She’s had to navigate through her career as a black woman. It’s not a choice.

I was just black.

But the Senator still represents. She represents not just her father, but her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was an Indian-American cancer researcher and a civil rights activist. She was born in Madras (now Chennai), India in 1938.

What a legacy she left behind in her daughters!

This is an opportunity to check Anti-Racism and Sexism

In watching how this campaign unfolds, this will be a prime opportunity to observe the micro (and macro) aggressions that tend to occur. It’s also a good time to be actively anti-racist; to check comments and actions that are racist because of this candidacy. This is inevitable especially at a time when some want to promote the Confederacy and other nonsensical pro-slave philosophies that should have been laid to rest so long ago.

And of course, sexism is bound to rear it’s ugly, unintelligent head. She is in good company; President Trump called her “nasty,” when her selection wasn’t even half a day old.

This is the same special epithet he used for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Ambassador Hillary Clinton, Megan Kelly (Wait: He didn’t call Megan nasty. Trump said she had “blood coming out of her wherever"), and many more women.

This is not the time to be weak. This is not about Senator Harris.

This is about you.

Senator Harris is ready to be vice-president

One of the benefits of Senator Harris is that she is more than prepared — in fact, she will probably be the most qualified candidate in history.

Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee. Hillary Clinton was one of the most qualified presidential candidates in American history, and even though she had three million more votes than President Trump, she did not win the electoral college.

However, as someone who was the top law officer (San Francisco DA, Attorney General) in California, along with her extensive legislative (Senator) experience, the Senator will have no problem negotiating the ins and outs of performing as Vice President of the United States.

Some have already tried to denigrate her “cop” background. But one can’t advocate “law and order” and insult Senator Harris’s police work at the same time. This attack probably won’t be effective.

Even more importantly, if she had to be president, she has the qualifications. We’ve seen some people with less experience, less education, and less everything (you name it!) move into the White House. Seriously.

However, this comment from Politico.com is disturbing and more than a little odd:

In addition, if Biden is looking to select a vice president who does not harbor presidential ambitions of her own, Harris can’t be the pick.

Isn’t that the description of every single vice-presidential candidate…in American history? Of course, they have presidential ambitions. Is this supposed to be a negative only for a woman vice president?

Would this, we might ask, be mentioned in regards to a man? Just asking for a friend.

Perhaps it should be pointed out that ambition is not normally disqualifying at this level. Could we also mention that not that long ago Joe Biden himself was a Vice President of the United States?

Do we need to go back to the “binders?”

The BidenHarris Campaign is on

If VP Joe Biden and Senator Harris win the White House in November, we can expect a new direction in American politics. There will probably be a return of talent to our national government; based more on experience and education, as opposed to mob-like loyalty requirements and grift.

Anticipate a reinstatement of background checks with teeth, integrity, and the seriousness that is required before one can take on the reins of our government offices.

There will be a presidential cabinet with people on it who know what they’re doing. (See Secretary of Education, Secretary of Housing and Development, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, etc.)

You will observe the installation of strict rules against secret meetings with foreign governments designed to go after political opponents (See Ukraine: “do us a favor”).

There will be less turnover than at the local fast-food restaurant. (Trump’s had EIGHT Communication Directors in 3 1/2 years.)

There will probably be new hires (and rehires) in the Inspector General government offices.

Expect a return of decency.

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Vanessa Robinson

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Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

Vanessa Robinson

Written by

Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

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