California Senator Kamala Devi Harris officially announced her presidential campaign on Martin Luther King’s Day. Harris is the second African American woman to run for president since 1972 when Shirley Chisholm announced her candidacy.
According to Senate records, since being sworn into office in 2017 Kamala has spent her time fighting against civil rights. As a California Senator, Harris serves on the committee of Environment and Public Works as well as the committee of Government Affairs.
Senator Harris’ campaign slogan is “For the people” which was inspired by Shirley Chisholm. She is aiming to fight the injustices for the past by the Trump administration. At an Oakland rally, the senator stated that she will be fighting for the people. She believes in universal Pre-Kindergarten education, debt-free college, and Medicare for all.
Since the election of the current President, several millennials have become more involved in politics and are more aware of the importance of voting. While some are excited to see the possibility of another woman run the United States, others are not so intrigued.
“I believe [Senator Harris’] campaign slogan is just right for today. It seems that the everyday people have been forgotten. The country doesn’t just represent men, or white and black, there are immigrants, there are mixed race people and people from different economic lines- it’s so many varieties. Everyone has to be represented”, stated millennial, Paula Gilles.
However, not every millennial agrees with Senator Harris’ views. It was stated in a previous interview by CNN, that Senator Harris fought against police body cameras, and against shorter sentences for non- violent crimes.
“Initially, I was really excited to hear that a Black woman was running for president because of the representation. As time went on, I saw posts on social media about senator Kamala Harris and that she played a significant role in hurting the Black community rather than helping us progress in the past. It’s going to take more than being Black to run this presidency. I say this because I need the Black community to thoroughly do their research instead of solely depending on face value”, stated millennial, Dayana Preval.
Only time will tell if Senator Harris will be able to win over more African American voters before the preliminary presidential run off. In the meantime, the senator continues to rally across America and the southeast. She is planned to make an appearance at her next campaign ralley in Atlanta on Sunday, March 24, 2019. If you are interested in attending, RSVP on her campaign website Kamala for the People. If Senator Kamala Harris wins the election she will be the first woman and the second person of color to become president of the United States.