As the world counts down to the day she is sworn in, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted that in just eight days each and every child of America, “regardless of their color or gender,” will see that “there are no limits to who can lead and hold positions of power in our country.”
Check out her latest tweet on gender and racial equality:
In eight days we’ll show every child in America—regardless of their color or gender—that there are no limits to who can lead and hold positions of power in our country.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 12, 2021
Harris is the first woman of Indian-origin and the first person of South Asian origin ever to be elected as US Vice President. She will become the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President of the US, come January 20 this year.
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However, this is not the first time that Harris was being vocal about her stand on women’s rights and racial equality. Earlier, in October last year, she had tweeted, “Together, we can build a world where all girls have every opportunity to succeed and thrive,” adding, “And to every girl out there, know that leadership starts at any age.”
Together, we can build a world where all girls have every opportunity to succeed and thrive.
And to every girl out there, know that leadership starts at any age. #DayOfTheGirl
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 11, 2020
In August, speaking after she was nominated as Joe Biden’s running mate, Harris said, “That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.”
Kamala Harris has time and again faced discrimination due to her skin colour and gender. In November 2020, social networking platform Facebook had taken down racist and misogynistic posts, memes and comments that targetted Harris, following her victory in the 2020 elections. The now-removed posts were posted by alleged “hate spreading” groups and were spotted by the BBC group that subsequently flagged them to Facebook. The concerned posts reportedly claimed that Harris “isn’t black enough for Democrats” because of her Jamaican-Indian heritage. The posts also included claims that Harris was not a legal US citizen, while others suggested she should be deported “back to India”. Harris was born in California to an Indian mother and Jamaican father.
Also recently, Vogue magazine faced backlash and criticism for lightning Harris’ skin tone on the cover image. Read all about it here.
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In November last year, as the world waited for clarity on US 2020 election results, a video of Harris in conversation with her four-year-old great-niece Amara Ajagu went viral. In the video, Harris tells Ajagu, who is sitting on her lap, “Well you could be president. But not right now. You have to be over the age of 35,” when the young girl says she hoped to be a president one day.
“You could be president.” pic.twitter.com/akB2Zia2W7
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 5, 2020
Feature Image Credit: BBC