Benedict Huszar / Staff reporter
On January 20th 2021, 46th president Joe Biden was officially inaugurated. And along with that vice president Kamala Harris made history, becoming the First and only female, Black and south Asian vice president. She was also the second-ever black female US senator.
This is a major step forward in American politics which for a long time has been a white, male dominated area. Kamala has already shown to be a role model to black women, and other marginalised groups all across America. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.”, said Kamala shortly during her first speech as vice president-elect. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2021/01/19/kamala-harris-inauguration-emotional-moment-young-women-color/4208343001/ (source)
“Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities, and to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply they’ve never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.” Said Kamala Harris during her election speech .
While she was attending Howard university, she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority for college educated women of many diverse backgrounds, this was integral in shaping her political beliefs and vision.
“You didn’t have to be confined by anyone else’s idea of what it means to be black.” said Kamala to CNN. She encourages all to be their true self and to stand up for what they believe in.
During her White House bid she was not afraid to share the ugly truth that other people had tried to box her in and doubted her abilities as a politician.
Vice president Kamala Harris hopes to inspire the next generation of youth and the pubic during a time of growing racial and political tensions in america. Highlighted no better than the deadly attack on the US capitol on January 6th.
The official inauguration of vice president Kamala Harris is a historic and important milestone for the US that will definitely have a long and lasting impact on politics and a generation.