Kamala Harris Delivered A Powerful Message To Black Women Ahead Of The Election
Harris acknowledged the burden Black women carried in this monumental election.
November 03, 2020 at 8:04 pm
The 56-year-old politician's op-ed for Essence magazine came one day before Americans vote for this nation’s next president.
In the essay, Harris emphasized the role Black female voters would play in this year’s election and the significance of their roles in general.
The usually subdued politician celebrated Black womanhood in a rousing statement.
“The pandemic has exposed how Black women shoulder much of the burden of caregiving of children and aging loved ones,” she wrote, speaking of the trials and tribulations they’ve faced during the pandemic.
The California senator recognized that they understood "the pain of these crises—and the need for a new president."
Harris also acknowledged that Black women would once again be tasked with carrying the burden of ensuring the right people are elected to the White House while reassuring them that they hold the power to do so.
“Black women hold the power in this election. So we need to talk to everybody in our lives, including young people, to encourage them to vote,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee wrote. “We need to get our families, our neighbors, our whole villages to the polls.”
“Generations of Black women marched and organized and fought to give us this right…knowing that, one day, Black women would be a force in our democracy,” Harris added.
She then pointed out President Trump’s record on issues that affect Black women.
“After almost four years in office, Donald Trump has no record to stand on when it comes to the Black community. As usual, he’s all talk,” she wrote.
“Instead of even attempting to tackle our challenges and lift us up, we have a President who stokes fear and division—one who fans the flames of racism and refuses to condemn white supremacists or say Black lives matter,” Harris wrote fervently.
The Oakland, California, native pledged her and former Vice President Joe Biden’s commitment to making positive change for the Black community.
“We’ll work to root out the systemic racism in our courtrooms, our prisons, and our criminal justice system. In our first 100 days in office, we will create a national police oversight commission,” the stepmother of two implored in the essay.
“This is our time. Let’s use our vote, our power, to choose the America we can be—and the future our children and grandchildren deserve,” Harris continued.
Sen. Harris’ plea to Black women in this nation isn’t just political fodder. An article in The Undefeated from 2016 suggests the vice presidential nominee may be on to something.
The piece highlighted that Black women held white feminists’ feet to the fire after 53% of white women opted to put the former reality TV star in The White House instead of Clinton, a seasoned politician.
The article also reiterated Harris’ sentiment on how Black women are always ready to put feet to pavement in taking action and organizing.
The aforementioned story is true as members of the Divine Nine and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. of which Harris is a member, contributed money in support of her vice-presidential candidacy, as Blavity previously reported.
The general election for president of the United States will be held on Nov. 3.