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Kamala Harris Becomes Vice-President Of The United States

Sanjana Karanth
·1-min read

Kamala Harris has officially been sworn in as vice-president of the United States in what is a historic moment, especially for women of colour across the country.

Harris’ inauguration marks the first time that either a woman, a Black American or an Asian American has become vice-president of the U.S.

Born to Indian and Jamaican immigrant parents, she has called herself “a proud American” whose Black and Indian heritages “are of equal weight in terms of who I am.”

She is also the first U.S. vice-president to graduate from a historically Black college or university, earning her degree at Washington’s Howard University in 1986.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as the U.S. vice-president by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband, Doug Emhoff, holds the Bible on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Kamala Harris is sworn in as the U.S. vice-president by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband, Doug Emhoff, holds the Bible on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

At the time Harris was chosen to join Biden’s ticket, Howard president Wayne A. I. Frederick called it an “extraordinary moment” that “represents a milestone opportunity for our democracy to acknowledge the leadership Black women have always exhibited.”

“When she governs as the first and last person in the room with Joe Biden, she’s going to bring all of those identities with her into those rooms,” said Glynda Carr, national director of Higher Heights, a political action committee focused on electing more Black women at state and federal levels.

“But she is also a reminder of the fact that there are conscious and unconscious biases of women, and women of colour, and Black women,” Carr continued, speaking to HuffPost at the time of Harris’ election.

“And so when she during the debates said, ‘I’m speaking, I’m speaking’ – every woman, regardless of race and ethnicity, has been in a position where they saw and felt that, and that was a coalescing point for her.”

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