Senator Kamala Harris is no stranger to dealing with adversity or driving change. Raised by civil rights advocates, Kamala demonstrated the power of education through her own accomplishments.
With a professor for a father and a scientist for a mother, Kamala summed up her parents’ excellence and used the lessons from them to drive them into their own destiny. Senator Harris opened up to Elle Magazine and explained how her introduction to civics began when she was a toddler who marched with her parents during a civil rights march in her hometown of Oakland, California.
“My mom tells the story of how much I make a fuss,” says Harris, “and she says, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and said, ‘Fweedom’. “Although a young Kamala was upset that she was temporarily separated from her parents on the march, she still understood that freedom comes before personal comfort.
From then until now, Kamala has maintained the same ideology that equality should be a right experienced by everyone, not just some of us. Kamala has been among the most abused, disregarded and excluded people when it comes to the distribution of civil liberties. Kamala has firmly recognized these discrepancies and is actively working to defend those who are unable to fight for the justice to which they are constitutionally entitled.
Kamala has advocated and implemented police and criminal justice reforms since beginning her career as a District Attorney in San Francisco and later as a Attorney General in California. Kamala is the first black Indian woman to be elected as a candidate for Democratic Vice President. It continues its mission to eradicate the inequalities woven into society.
After becoming the second black woman in US Senate history in 2016, Kamala made a promise to herself after her godson, Alexander, then seven, became emotional for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. “I held him. I mean, it still hurts me to remember how he felt and what I felt, what it took to keep this kid safe. I had a path in my head, I thought the evening would go by. And then it turned out how it turned out. By the time I took the stage I had torn up my notes and all I had was Alexander in my heart. I stood on the podium and said, “I plan to fight. I plan to fight. ‘”
For Kamala, justice goes beyond legality. “It’s about freedom, it’s about equality, it’s about dignity. If you achieve equality, freedom and fairness, it is not because I grant you it. It’s because you fought for it, because it’s your right. This is not about benevolence or charity; It is about the God-given right of every human being. What do we do together to fight for it? That’s what justice means to me – it’s about empowering people. “
Although the path to social justice for all has improved significantly over the decades, much remains to be done to reverse the negative effects of years of systemic inequality on those who are considered a minority in this country. Kamala recognizes this and is optimistic that she can make an effective change.
“Optimism is the fuel of every fight I’ve been in,” she said.