Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will make their first public debut on Wednesday, August 12th, in Delaware as Democratic running mates for the 2020 Presidential Election. Kamala Harris, a US Senator since 2017 from California, is the first Black and Asian woman on a major-party presidential ticket in US history. Biden’s choice as Kamala Harris for his Vice President is not seen as a mere choice, but rather a pivotal decision for Black, Brown, and Asian women in the United States.
In a social media post announcing the decision, the former vice president called Ms. Harris a, “fearless fighter for the little man, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”
In recent elections, Black women voters have turned out at higher rates than any other demographic. Between 2008 and 2012 they had the highest turnout rate among all racial, ethnic, and gender groups. By continuously organizing and focusing their support towards a meaningful act for themselves and for their community, Black women’s loyalty and turnout do not come easily. Having Ms. Harris on the ballot for the 2020 Presidential Election will not only empower Black, Brown, and Asian women towards the voting polls, but will also provide representation for these women in the United States government. In an interview on Pod Save America, Ms. Harris states, “I understand and carry what it means, in terms of my ability to break these barriers. What it will do and can do to provide a path for others,” she says. “My mother used to say to me, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.”
The selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate is one that is not solely based on her success in California and in the United States. This selection is a win for Black, Brown, and Asian women in the United States who have higher political aspirations and representation within our country’s government. It is one that comes after the millions of Black women before her, but also one that represents a path being paved for the Black, Brown, and Asian women in politics in the future. It is the beginning of ensuring that Ms. Harris will not be the last Black and Asain woman on a major-party presidential ticket.