Mrs Kamala Harris is to became the first woman, and the first black and Asian American, to be vice-president-elect of the United States of America.
Mrs Kamala Harris had previously challenged Mr. Joe Biden in an election primaries which resulted to a very deep political rivalry between the two and had led many to question her political credibility and credentials. However she was the lucky running make to the president elect Joe Biden in this election and many are looking forward to seeing the collaboration that would exist between the two in coming months and years.
Born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents – an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father – her parents divorced when she was five and she was primarily raised by her Hindu single mother, Shyamala Gopalan.
Her biracial roots and upbringing means she embodies and can engage with and appeal to many American identities. Those parts of the country which have seen rapid demographic change, enough change to alter a region’s politics, see an aspirational symbol in her.
But it was her time at Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges and universities, which she has described as among the most formative experiences of her life.
She began work in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and became the district attorney – the top prosecutor – for San Francisco in 2003, before being elected the first woman and the first black person to serve as California’s attorney general, the top lawyer and law enforcement official in America’s most populous state.
She gained a reputation as one of the Democratic party’s rising stars, using this momentum to propel her election as California’s junior US senator in 2017.
On talk shows, she calls for changes to police practices across the US, on Twitter, she calls for the arrests of the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman from Kentucky, and she speaks frequently about the need to dismantle systemic racism.
Many leading opinion experts have credited the success of Mr. Biden campaign on Ms. Harris who was seen as the face of black and other minority groups in the country. In the coming months we will see more of her policy direction towards protecting those rights of the minorities.
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