A Watershed Moment - Kamala Gives A Nation Hope
Meanwhile, Trump pulls a page from Richard Nixon's playbook
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Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential running mate. This is a watershed moment for many reasons. It also is Joe Biden’s best chance to unify a majority of the company against re-electing Donald Trump.
A watershed moment is a turning point, the exact moment that changes the direction of an activity or situation. A watershed moment is a dividing point, from which things will never be the same. It is considered momentous, though a watershed moment is often recognized in hindsight. - Grammarist.com
Kamala is the daughter of an Indian cancer researcher and a Jamaican economics professor who met at a Berkely protest and separated when Kamala was five. Raised primarily by her Hindu single mother, young Kamala and her sister Maya grew up in a house filled with black music and culture. Growing up in a country where they would be seen as “black” her mother made sure her two daughters were very aware of—and proud of—their ethnic background.
The president's tweet, in which he suggested a Black senator Cory Booker from New Jersey would be in charge of an "invasion" of neighborhoods that would undermine the "safety" for "the suburban housewife," came a day after rival Joe Biden made history by choosing a Black woman (Kamala Harris) as his running mate.
Is Trump borrowing Richard Nixon's "law and order" message, instilling fear of violence and racial unrest – with a public already anxious about getting infected with COVID-19? It seems so. We all know, Trump has directed federal law enforcement to go to cities (not coincidentally governed by Democratic mayors) to crack down on protesters there, tear gassing them and taking demonstrators away in unmarked vehicles, and to address violent crime.
The president has warned that Biden and now fellow Democratic Senator Cory Booker (yes Trump spelled his name wrong in the tweet) are trying to "abolish" the suburbs by advocating for housing rules meant to stop racial discrimination. Smells like desperation, but when a wild animal is cornered they fight even harder.
So while the choice of Kamala Harris is receiving mostly accolades now, expect her character and reputation to be dragged through the dirt continuously from next week until November. Facebook Inc., COO, Sheryl Sandberg posted on Instagram about Kamala Harris, celebrating the milestone and reminding us what it will inevitably mean for the campaign. “Research shows that women running for office face obstacles that men don’t,” she wrote. “People are more likely to question their qualifications, criticize their looks, or simply dislike them.”
Now is the time for us all to read up and get to know Kamala Harris. Not only is she the first Black Woman Vice Presidential candidate, but should the Biden-Harris ticket win in November she will be one heartbeat away from being the first woman U.S. President. Fortunately, you can hear her story as told herself in her 2018 autobiography, “The Truths We Hold.”
Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California's working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California's thorniest issues, always eschewing stale "tough on crime" rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither "tough" nor "soft" but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality. - from Amazon.com
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