Whatever your affiliation, this quote from Susan B. Anthony is on point over 50 years later.
It has been a week since Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his VP pick and it has taken me the entire week to go through a range of emotions.
Crazy to think of how wide a spectrum it is that pride, fear, and hope are just a few.
The moment I heard the news I was around a friend that is a staunch Republican (remember, all friends don’t have to be the same and we disagree on a lot and get along) and he proceeded to share what someone had posted on a Facebook a full five minutes after the announcement.
It was that girls would see Kamala and know that “they, too, can sleep their way to the top.”
Done. You hear me? Done.
I understand political jokes but at that particular moment, when she was JUST confirmed and the announcement was made, it was a moment of pride that I wanted to savor.
It was the first time someone that looked like me, my mom, my aunts has been deemed worthy of this office.
When you’ve seen images of yourself as a thought leader, CEO, world leader all your freaking life – these moments are not as impactful. They can be through a lens of empathy and awareness but for the most part they are one of a fleeting understanding.
I had to tell him no jokes for me right now. This was an emotional moment of representation and I was going to bask in it dammit.
The beauty of life and especially life in most first world countries, is that we have the absolute privilege of feeling the way we want to and expressing those feelings.
How many black and brown girls will see their dreams and destination rerouted by THIS?
How many college bound students will change their major to Criminal Justice or Political Science? How many will decide to go into law and change our broken system from within?
I get it, in politics, nothing is off limits. No politician is perfect and by no means I am saying that Kamala is.
What she is though is an empathetic leader, a fighter and a testimony to hard work and optimizing every opportunity. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see her when I was 12 years old in that position.
How did you take the news when you heard that Kamala Harris was going to be on the Democratic ticket as Vice President?
What have you talked about with your friends, daughters, co-workers, about this historic moment?
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