“Mr. Vice President, I'm Speaking” ~Senator Kamala Harris
by Kimberley Blair Pleasant
Senator Kamala Harris Vice Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party made history when Presidential candidate Joe Biden asked her to be his running mate. She is the first Black and Asian woman to run for Vice President of the United States of America. She is also the only candidate ever to have attended and graduated from a historically Black College or University, Howard University. Senator Harris is also a member of the first Black Female Greek Sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., founded in 1908.
Senator Kamala Harris is one of only four women to ever run on such a Big Ticket! Geraldine Ferraro, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1984, Sarah Palin, Republican nominee for Vice President 2008, and Hillary Clinton, first woman to be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016.
Although it was done through a plexiglass-partition, the Vice Presidential Debate on Wednesday night was historic. This debate was much more civil than the Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Both Senator Harris and Vice President Pence held their ground on topics that benefited their party. Many times throughout the debate, Vice President Pence evaded answers and interrupted Senator Harris as she tried to answer her questions or give her response to his remarks. It got to a point where Senator Harris had to say, “Mr. Vice President, I'm Speaking!” Senator Harris also at times had to demand she be given an equal opportunity to complete her thought or finish responding to questions because Vice President Pence refused to stop talking or would impede on her allotted time.
Even though this was a historic night for women it was still an imbalance of fairness because whenever women are strong and confident they are at times called very inappropriate names like, “Bitchy, Nasty, Emotional and Angry.” Men on the other hand are referred to as, “Powerful, Intelligent and Outspoken.” Senator Harris had to carefully word her responses, because not only would she have been called those name she would have also been labeled as, “An Angry Black Woman.”
Although Vice President Mike Pence attempted to talk over, interrupt her, or downplay her intelligence and expertise on matters, Senator Harris held her ground and didn’t fall victim to the misogynistic stereotypes. Job well done Future Vice President Kamala Harris, we Salute you!
Kimberley Blair Pleasant