#Kamala2020 Or Bust
Kamala Harris is trying to kill me.
Waking up to the news of her 2020 presidential campaign first thing on a Monday morning was a shock to my sleep-deprived system. The nerve of her. How dare she pull such an iconic stunt AND on MLK Day. This is assault. My African American heart can’t take this.
I want to take a moment to explain to you why, even given the fact that all candidates have not yet announced, I find it hard to picture a world in which I don’t vote for Kamala. I say this as someone who lives for Elizabeth Warren, and loves the fact that the two of them make up only half of the current female candidates. I say this as someone who didn’t vote for Hillary in the primaries. I say this as someone who reads her ballot front to back, and researches every prop and every obscure judge in an attempt to make an educated and informed decision.
I’m voting for her. I don’t care.
Here’s the thing, just come with me on a trip. Let’s visit a universe in which a black woman is the leader of what is arguably the most powerful country in the world. A post-Trump America with a woman of color at the wheel. Let’s start with just the concept of bringing basic logic and humanity back into that office. Just like literal common sense and decency. That on top of having someone who, as a double minority, understands what it is to be a POC and a woman in America. Champions for the rights of the LGBTQIA community. Listens to her constituents when they speak and broadcasts their concerns from the very platform that they placed her on.
I could do this all day.
To be clear, I’m not naive enough to believe any one president can save a country. (Although one president can for sure trash a country, clearly.) It’s what many expected of Obama and he, like any other human, couldn’t live up to that. It’s not about a savior. I can’t say for sure what type of president Kamala would be. I don’t know what types of unique obstacles she–or any woman in that office–would face if elected. And also, as a California resident, my bias isn’t lost on me.
What I will say is that I’ve witnessed the type of public servant this woman is. I’ve seen her not only fight for her own causes, but also take on the causes of other representatives with the same energy. I’ve come to trust her values because, as of right now, they have always aligned with my own. I honestly didn’t see this bid coming, but Kamala’s campaign is symbolic of the revolution taking place in Washington right now. The same movement that is driving women like AOC to run for congress. There’s a reason the established power system is so threatened by the idea of a government that looks like the America that we actually live in. This is a movement that’s calling us, as a country, to more.
Honestly the only thing that would rival this is for a certain queen to run through here in her glitter thigh-highs and shut everything down.
Michelle. There’s still time, girl.