Senator Kamala Harris made history as the first black or Asian American woman to officially became the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee on the third night of the convention.
“She probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America.” Harris's thoughts on her late mother.
JUST IN: Kamala Harris has been formally designated as the Democratic nominee for vice president.— NPR (@NPR) August 20, 2020
She makes history as the third woman and both the first Black and first Asian American person to be nominated as vice president by a major party.https://t.co/5cQuiCY8ey
In a rousing speech she delivered from Joe Biden’s hometown, Wilmington, Delaware, the Californian Senator capped a star-studded night of the virtual Democratic Convention with one thought in mind - it’s time for America to have a leader that will represent them in much higher ground and not divide them.
I am honored to accept the nomination for Vice President of the United States.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 20, 2020
I do so, committed to the values my mother taught me and to a vision that @JoeBiden shares—where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love. #DemConvention
Harris started her prime-time convention speech by sharing her barrier-breaking biography and highlights the power of women who came before her and made this historic night possible. The United States, this week, commemorates the 100th year of the passage of the 19th amendment and Harris, being, the fourth woman to make it on the party’s ticket after Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, made sure to honor men and women “who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.” she mentioned prominent names of women activists who remained undeterred on the oppression they faced without a fair share of recognition, they move forward, organized, testified, rallied and march not just to vote but earn a seat at the table. As a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris paid tribute to her parents, especially her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who at 19 left India to pursue her dream of curing cancer at the University of California Berkeley where she met Kamala’s father who had come from Jamaica to study economics— Donald Harris. As she describes it, her parents fell in love in the most “American way” —while marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me the values that would chart the course of our lives.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 20, 2020
She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose—but to also see a world beyond ourselves. #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/xU61nLrUXx
The Vice-presidential bet said that her mother is the most influential woman in her life who taught her and her sister to be strong and proud Black women while being compassionate and conscious to the struggles of all people, “To believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is a shared responsibility.”
As Attorney General of the largest state in the country, @KamalaHarris took on the big banks over mortgage fraud, and Big Oil when they wanted to pollute without consequences.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 17, 2020
She's the kind of fighter I need alongside me in the White House.
Harris mentioned a profession that fought for children, survivors of sexual assault, and stand against transnational gangs while taking down the biggest banks and for-profit colleges during her interesting career as a prosecutor and state attorney general. She caught the attention of the public watching her that night with this line, “I know a predator when I see one."
She went on with the most significant role to deliver that night, make Americans know that she feels and understands the hardships they are currently going through, and it’s about time for them to make a choice and have confidence for Joe Biden. The new phase of America may be a long and arduous road for some, but Harris is certain that their combined leadership is rooted on the very grounds of America, “a country where we look out for one another, where we rise and fall as one, where we face our challenges, and celebrate our triumphs—together.” A vision “where we may not agree on every detail, but united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity, and respect.”
She criticized Trump’s failure of leadership that cost thousands of American lives and collapsed livelihoods. His inadequacy has brought division in the country and his lack of empathy has brought the constant chaos that leaves the nation adrift. “The incompetence makes us feel afraid. Callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.” She added that this country has endured enough of inequities in education and technology, health care and housing, job security, and transportation under this administration. For her, there’s no vaccine for racism, and “We’ve got to do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law. Because none of us are free until all of us are free.”
They say choosing your running mate is the most important decision you make when you’re running for president. Well, I’m confident I made the right choice.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2020
Tonight, @KamalaHarris speaks directly to America. Tune in at 9 PM ET: https://t.co/xk0GcSpr50 pic.twitter.com/0kFuobs91Z
The potential Vice President moves voters to elect Joe Biden, the guy who she sees capable of bringing something different, something better, and do the important work because Biden will bring all race together “to achieve the future we collectively want.” She pointed out that the current administration turns tragedies into political weapons while Joe, will be the president who turns challenges into purpose.
Kamala Harris concluded her speech amendable of the hurdles along the way but made a promise to remain transparent and truthful in every action and every word, “We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge to you that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.” With the same conviction and optimism, she began her stirring live speech, Harris ended it impressively, by asking the public to fight for America that they love. She continued that years from now, the future generation will ask these questions: Where were you when the stakes were so high? And what was it like? she declared, “We will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did."