Sen. Kamala Harris, the same woman who was at one point running against presidential candidate Joe Biden, along with other Democratic candidates, could possibly be the nation’s first female VP. Prior to Harris, only two other women have been in the position to possibly become vice president. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro held down the role first when she was the running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Next came Gov. Sarah Palin when she was the running mate for Sen. John McCain. This position is even more historic for Harris because she is the first woman of color (she is Black and Asian) to level up to this spot.
This means that Biden kept the promise that he made a few months ago during his campaign tour when he vowed that he would choose a woman of color as his running mate. This is dandy and all, but for many Gen Z voters, including myself, this isn’t what we wanted (Bernie come back!). But in all seriousness, the 2020 election will be serving as the first election that many of us will get to exercise our right to vote. To be honest, some of us are very iffy about who we have in our corner.
You see, many people don’t like Harris because she is a prosecutor who, in the past, was very much for incarceration and building more prisons–and we all know who ends up filling those prisons. Many believe that the election is truly looking grim for us. “This is the end of all things. Like we can’t win for nothing,” stated Omaree Dunord, a rising freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Aaron Mitchell, a rising freshman at Columbia College Chicago, admitted that his knowledge of Harris is limited, but what he knows about her isn’t great. “I’m not quite the political person, but I don’t like her. The only thing I’ve ever known about her is how she sets up so many things to go against people in poorer communities, which just so happen to be Black and Brown.”
For some though, this may be seen as an opportunity for representation. Ilisa Williamson, a rising freshman at DePaul University stated, “Despite this not being exactly what we wanted, I do believe that Kamala Harris being Vice President would be wonderful for women of color, especially little girls everywhere. To see someone who looks like [us] in that position let’s us know that anything is possible.”
This is a very important election with everything going on from the pandemic to racial injustice. We have to take action and exercise our right to vote to ensure that we won’t face another four years of insanity. Harris may not be the first choice for many people, but doesn’t she deserve a chance to prove herself? Tonight she will speak during the DNC (Democratic National Convention). Now is the time for us to hear what she has to say.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Freshman, DePaul University