Harris is also the first black American and South Asian to be elected vice president.
WASHINGTON – In his first speech as vice president-elect, Kamala Harris not only mentioned the historic nature of the election, but also praised those who came before her to help pave the way into the House. White.
Harris, who started his signature theme, Mary J. Blige’s “Work That”, started her speech by consulting with the late Agent. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who passed away earlier this year, praised voters for opening a “new day” for America.
“When our democracy was on the ballot,” Harris, the first Asian American vice president and first black man, said in a speech at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del, “you opened up. a new day for America. “
Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, says of her mother, who came to the United States at the age of 19, saying that she may not have imagined this moment but she “believes deeply in one. America where there is a moment like this is likely. “
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“So I’m thinking about her, and of the female generation, the Black woman,” Harris said, pausing as the crowd cheered. “Asian women, Caucasian, Latina, Native Americans, who throughout our nation’s history paved the way for this moment tonight.”
Harris highlights the work black women in particular have brought into the nation’s democracy. Black voters, especially Black women, helped propel Joe Biden’s triumph in the preliminaries and win over the White House.
“Women who have fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women are often looked down upon, but they often prove that they are,” she said. is the backbone of our democracy ”.
To pay homage to the people of the 20th century, who worked to help women get the right to vote, Harris wears a sharp, white suit while she talks about the movement to allow women to give up. vote in such a historic election.
The Democratic Women caucus earlier this year dressed all white for the State of the Union speech, marking 100 years since ratifying the 19th Amendment. Hillary Clinton also wore a white suit in Inauguration speech at the 2016 Democratic National Congress.
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And Geraldine Ferraro wore white when accepting the nomination to become the first female candidate for the position of vice president of a major US political party at the 1984 Democratic congress.
“All women have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for more than a century, 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago to the Voting Rights Act, and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who cast their votes and continue their fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard, “Harris said.
“Tonight I reflect on their struggles, their determination and the power of their vision to see what can be relieved by what has passed,” she added. “And I stood on their shoulders.”
Contribution: Annah Aschbrenner
Kamala Harris posted on Twitter a video of her calling Joe Biden after he hit 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
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