WE DID IT, America

Hurriyya Jilbe, Writer

Until 1865, she would have been a slave. Until 1964, she would have gone to a segregated school. Until 1965, she couldn’t have voted. Until 2021, The United States of America hadn’t seen a woman have a seat in the White House. A Black and South Asian woman did that. Kamala Devi Harris is her name. 

As a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris was introduced to racial inequality going on in the world at such a young age, which made her want to do more to push those barriers that were set on this nation. Harris’s parents were both activists which started a foundation for their daughter to follow. Harris’s mother used to tell her that “you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.” She paved the way for many little Black and Brown girls to be able to have power in the same country where their ancestors were harassed, beaten, and killed for the color of their skin. 

Throughout her career, Harris has made history several times like when she became the first Black district attorney in California, the first Black and South Asian American Attorney General in California, and most recently she became the first South Asian American woman and second Black woman in the U.S. Senate history. We aren’t done there. Madam Vice President Harris, that speaks for itself. 

On January 20th, 2021 at 11:41 a.m, America took a sigh of relief, hoping for a brighter future ahead. After the mayhem this country has been through, this was needed. We went from being in a place that claimed its people are “united”  but weren’t. A place where its people say they want change but didn’t take any steps to enforce it. A place where it claims “love for families” but is the same one splitting them up. A place where for his people, they get called “patriots” but for my kind, we are called “thugs”. That same person now has to sit back and have a Vice President where in his mind “did not meet the requirements” but for these girls, DID.