Kamala Devi Harris is an American politician and attorney who is the vice president-elect of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, she is set to take on office on January 20, 2021, alongside president-elect Joe Biden, having whitewashed in office President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election.
Harris has carried out as the junior United States senator from California since 2017. Harris will be the first Indian-American, the first African-American, and the first female vice president in U.S. history. Therefore, the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history. Harris is a multiracial American – thus, Ms. Harris and Mr. Emhoff, who got married in 2014 — she for the first time, he for the second — will also be the first mixed-race couple to occupy their positions. He is white while she is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Both are 56.
While I may be the first, I won’t be the last. pic.twitter.com/R5CousWtdx
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 8, 2020
Some preeminent quotes from Harris’ first speech as US vice President-elect:-
“Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the black women who are often too often overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy”.
“When she (her mother) came here from India at the age of 19. She maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply, and in America, where a moment like this is possible. And so I’m thinking about her, and about the generations of women, black women, Asian, white, Latina Native American women who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight”.
“Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been. And I stand on their shoulders”.
“But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. 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 have a clear message: dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they’ve never seen it before…”
“Because now is when the real work begins, the hard work, the necessary work, the good work, the essential work to save lives and beat this epidemic. To rebuild our economy, so it works for working people. To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society. To combat the climate crisis. To unite our country and heal the soul of our nation”.
“America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it. To guard it, and never take it for granted and protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it. And there is progress. Because we the people have the power to build a better future”.
“You marched and organized for equality and justice. For our lives, and for our planet. And then you voted. You delivered a clear message. You chose hope, unity, decency, science and yes, truth”.