California District Attorney Kamala Harris is poised to become the first woman of color to be the Vice President of the United States should voting go her way on November 3, 2020.
Many people see her nomination as progress toward diversity, equality and inclusion, while others believe her selection to partner with former Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate as a publicity stunt to appeal to women and minority groups. Opinions seem closely drawn among party lines, with Republicans discounting her qualifications and abilities to lead the nation in the event Biden cannot fulfill his duties of office, while
Democrats laud her tenacity and originality.
One independent potential voter, parent Lenny Geist, thinks Kamala Harris has several admirable attributes and professional accomplishments, but cites her poor performance in the Democratic Primary and previous reference to Biden as a “segregist” as reasons for concern.
“Both of her parents were immigrants and very well educated,” said Geist.
Harris was born and raised in Oakland, California and earned a law degree from the University of California Hastings.
“She obviously has some credentials and familiarity with political systems. However, she didn’t fare well in her primary and dropped out after receiving only about 2% to 3% of her party’s support. She withdrew from the race with 15 other candidates still in it. That isn’t good,” said Giest.
Harris has been critical of Biden’s domestic policies earlier in his career, including segregation. She quarreled with Biden frequently during the debates, which gave the appearance the two are not congenial or unified on many issues.
“I don’t think the partnership is genuine and their abilities to lead as a team credible,” said Geist.
Others view Harris’s nomination as a pivotal moment in America’s history, as a female minority can become the second most powerful person in the world.
Paige Waters, a junior, believes Harris’ nomination is significant.
“ It will shape history and break standards. She’s a better choice than Bernie Sanders,” said Waters.
Political pundits suggest younger generations laud the nomination as it illustrates a willingness to move past traditional roles, while older generations lean toward proven characteristics and metrics that have stood the test of time. Oddly, the outcome may be decided more by the age of the people voting rather than their races.