fredag 21. august 2020

What Kamala Harris means to Indian Americans

Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, became the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party's presidential ticket after presumptive nominee Joe Biden announced her as his VP pick on Tuesday.Indians around the world were quick to celebrate the news, and Harris' meteoric rise has caused many of them to sit up, take notice and feel seen. To me, Harris is more than a woman who knows her mind, rallies behind important issues like marriage equality or immigration and grills powerful figures on the Senate floor. She's someone to look up to. She's also someone I can relate to when she talks with Mindy Kaling about storing spices in recycled coffee jars.

A photo of a young Harris wearing a sari, along with her comments about her late Tamil grandfather, have been widely circulated in India, and so far, the media attention she has received in the wake of the VP announcement has been overwhelmingly positive.