Current California Senator, Kamala Harris made her first speech as an official Democratic Candidate for the 2020 Presidential election yesterday before a diverse crowd in her hometown, Oakland, California.
“Nearly 30 years ago as a young
District Attorney, I walked into the courtroom for the first time and said the
five words that would guide my life’s work.
Kamala Harris for the People.” – Kamala Harris
“I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States . . . And I will tell you I’m running for President because I love my country . . . I’m running to be President of the people, by the people, and for ALL people.”
Who Is Kamala Harris?
Before her career in law and politics, Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris is originally from India, and her father, Donald Harris is originally from Jamaica. Her parents met as graduate students at the University of California Berkeley. She also has a younger sister Maya Harris, also a lawyer, who previously worked on Hilary Clinton’s campaign. And did I mention her husband, Doug Emhoff is also a lawyer? Clearly proud, she mentioned her family multiple times during her speech yesterday.
“We were raised to believe, pubic service is a noble cause, and the fight for justice is everyone’s responsibility. In fact, my mother used to say ‘Don’t sit around and complain about things. Do something.’ . . . And it is this deep rooted belief that inspired me to become a lawyer and a prosecutor.”
Does Kamala Harris Have What It Takes To Win?
“In my whole life, I’ve only had one client; the people.”
With statements like that, I would say yes. Kamala Harris has a strong message that is compelling to the current political climate under President Donald Trump. She also, for obvious reasons, brings some diversity to the ballot. Senator Harris joins other female democratic candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand in the fight for the Democratic Presidential nominee slot. She is also not the only minority in the running. Julián Castro and potentially, Cory Booker are in the running, although Booker has yet to make an official announcement.
Kamala Harris Speech Highlights
In case you missed it, I am highlighting some quotes from Kamala Harris’s speech yesterday. Enjoy!
“And we are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question. Who are we? Who are we? Who are we as Americans? So, let’s answer that question. To the world and each other, right here and right now. America, we are better than this.”
“People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That is not our America.”
“Let’s also speak the truth that too many unarmed black men and women are killed in America. Too many black and brown Americans are being locked up. From mass incarceration, to capped bail, to policing; our criminal justice system needs drastic repair. Let’s speak that truth.”
“And let’s speak the biggest truth, the biggest truth of all. In the face of powerful forces trying to sew hate and division among us, the truth is, that as Americans, we have so much more in common than what separates us.”
“ But Frederick Douglass said it best, and Harriet Tubman and Dr. King knew, ‘To love the religion of Jesus is to hate the religion of the slave master.’”
“I am running to declare, once and for all, that healthcare is a fundamental right.”
“ I say to you my friends, these are not ordinary times, and this will not be an ordinary election.” There were too many gems in this speech to highlight them all, but one thing is for sure. America needs someone like Kamala Harris in the fight. Regardless of your political views, she will certainly be a candidate to remember.