Kamala Harris: A pragmatic progressive different from Biden in many ways

Black, Indian-American. A district attorney, an attorney general. More than 20 years younger than her running mate.

8/12/2020 8:31:00 AM

'Generations of our elders have dreamt of this moment, and — because of their struggle and sacrifice — little girls expected it,' Rep. Ayanna Pressley said. 'Kamala Harris will meet the moment and more.'

Black, Indian-American. A district attorney, an attorney general. More than 20 years younger than her running mate.

Harris, thanks to her presidential run, has been picked over by the press and operatives from rival campaigns — but never at the level or intensity they are about to be.There's her long-ago relationship with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who was separated from his wife but was not divorced at the time. Her record as a prosecutor and the myriad individual cases she oversaw. And there's her shifting positions on Medicare for All and the resulting criticism that rose during the primary campaign that her political beliefs are subject to change.

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But Harris will be playing a supporting role to Biden and her upbringing on the opposite coast from him could complement his, showing how different their origins are.Harris was born in Oakland to immigrant parents with high expectations. Her father came from Jamaica to become a distinguished economist at Stanford University and her mother was a cancer researcher who emigrated from India.

Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother did most of the parenting, but her mother knew her daughters would be seen as Black, not Indian-American."My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters," Harris wrote in her 2019 memoir,"The Truths We Hold.""She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women."

For college, Harris chose Howard University, the storied historically Black school in Washington, D.C., which has remained a touchstone in her public career.Alameda County deputy district attorney Kamala Harris at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, Calif. on March 28, 1997.

Mary F. Calvert / The Mercury News via Getty Images fileAlmost immediately after graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Harris became a prosecutor, first in Alameda County, which includes Oakland, then across the bay in San Francisco.At a time when there were few top district attorneys of color and the politics of crime was weighted in favor of candidates who talked tough, instead of those who prioritized criminal justice reform, Harris cultivated a reputation as an aggressive prosecutor.

It was there, in 2002, that she made her first big political move by running against the same San Francisco district attorney who had recruited her for the job a few years earlier.Taking on an incumbent is always an uphill battle, but especially for someone who looked like Harris. No California city had ever elected a black district attorney.

But Harris showed a clear tenacity on the stump. And she forged connections to wealthy San Francisco donors and politicos who helped propel her quick ascent for years to come: First as San Francisco's DA, then as California's attorney general, then as she beat out other California Democrats to win a rare open seat in the Senate.

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Harris is a hypocrite - period. She portrays herself as being something wonderful when in fact she's quite regressive in her actions - ask any of the innocent Blacks she jailed!! Who are you trying to fool? She is more left than Biden!! Seriously? So sad people don’t see how they are scheming to ruin our country.

It’s funny how she’s getting more press than Biden. If this is true why did her campaign for President end very early? Now today she's the best for America. Biden will remind America that Harris will be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Yup Pragmatic She ain't meeting nothing Who's generation and what elders? As my family hate politics and especially Politians. You think they'd fall in love with her because she's a trained poodle or something?

They pick a female that has called Joe a racist? I don't understand how she can run on his ticket when he was accused of rape she said she believes that he did it. WTF is going through her head?!? A pragmatic progressive? Is that what Willie told you? Ok Cop. Whose elders? She's not an African American. The notion that she 'identifies' as African American is 2020 af.

🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 Generations of our elders? She ain't black. Her father is Jamaican and her mother Indian. It's clear why Biden chose Harris for VP. They're complementary: He's kind, she's tough He's older, she's much younger He's a white man, she's a female POC Thing is, does Kamala win by default when Mother refuses to let Pence debate her? 😁 BidenVP Biden2020ToSaveAmerica

She can be a great leader for USA Seriously.. she isnt running for president but VP. The only reason this seems significant is because you all know Biden wont last four years. It's all a damn joke to Democrats. Her father said her family were plantation owning slave traders. Rep. Pressley is right. On average, in the U.S., women make 81 cents on a dollar compared to men. For Black Women, the rate is between 60 to 67 cents on a dollar depending upon our education. POC ascending to the highest echelons of power encourages all of us to 'EXCEL'!!!🤗

“Progressive?” 👎🏽 Condoleeza Rice should have been the first black woman...so distinguish...unlike Harris in every way 🤦🏽‍♀️ She blew a mayor to get into politics. Not the POS I want my daughters to follow. Be honest. Tell the truth. Kamala is Jamaican and East Indian not African American and her Jamaican family owned SLAVES

Camela is as much black as Warren is Cherokee. This is gonna be so easy. No one likes either of them. 🇺🇸🦅⚓️ another America hater in the Obama mold. “Elders” is like a dog whistle, right? 🤷🏻‍♂️ Psst...she's not a progressive. Nikki 'the papa-mama-shop-book-keeper' is also kinda non-Americanly-new-American 100% Indian Did it do good for US at UN? Nothing! Stop mumbling about people's ethnicity! Kamala Harris is not some kind of trick of cross-breeding, she is nice and compassionate, serious and witty

It's exactly the mirror of Trump. black v white. I feel a lighting of the air after Mr. Bidens announcement. 🤢🤢🤢 She's a terrible person. Could a person with any compassion actually wish, under their breath/to themselves, for the continued decline in ones health to elevate them to the pinnacle of a career they only could dream of? A democrat could!

Oh you nasty girl. You want nasty. I’ll give you nasty. Kick but KH. Congrats NastyWomenUnite From Kamala Harris' father about Kamala: 'fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.'

Let us stop the smearing and insults of Harris. You have a right to vote for Trump without trashing a very accomplished individual, Sen Harris. Try to form an intelligent statement and raise the level of discourse for children in this country! Teaching girls u can sleep your way to the top. That is if she doesn't was her hair in gee your hair smells nice.

🤯 Why is this supported? SmallBusiness supportsmallbusiness BusinessOwners immigrantswork 👉🏼 Business owners are you ok with this? momandpop workethic How Mr Joe and Kamala could be a team ? They used to attack together badly . They are not respectful their self . How people respect them ? This is presidential election , not a baby game .

Little girls need a better model than someone who slept her way up the ladder & shames & disrespects People. If KamalaHarris is a mentor, our girls are in much trouble I’m not impressed. I’d rather have Condelleza Rice or even Susan Rice in this position. At least she is principled and represents the black race better. This one goes where the wind blows.

Pragmatic in her case meaning she stands for nothing. Flip flops on a dime. Did U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’ Ancestor Own Slaves in Jamaica? YEP! Hopefully the votes were worth it. He just lost quite a few. Which stinks, trump NEEDs to be beat. Well as long as he can win without Texas and maybe now Florida...it doesn't really matter.

“Generations of our elders” Why does your all your dem party eulogies sound like some stereotypical Native American shaman. “The Sky gods are unhappy. We must leave this place”. She is a fraud and not black in any way. Black women were robbed just like Bernie! FoxNews Now little girls all across America can grow up and know that they too can spend the rest of their life in prison for minor non violent drug offenses!

🤮 People didn’t want her during her failed run at Prez. That says something. Not to mention her record & flip-flopping. ninaturner or RepKarenBass would have made a MUCH better & much more exciting selection. This election is 100% voting AGAINST Trump, not FOR Biden. It’s so boring... left and identity all that matters

It’s a shame then that the first thing she wants to do when elected is to sweep away women’s rights. She said she would pass the Equality Act on her first day in the White House allowing males self ID-ing as female to use facilities of their choice and all that comes with it. Good moment not to forget what too often comes of good in this society or why these moments too often do not translate into brighter futures, often because so little is usually won that a little seems like a lot when it is far from being enough.

Now little girls all across America and grow up and know that they too can spend the rest of their life in prison for minor non violent drug offenses! Three Cheers to SenKamalaHarris Good luck on your most important journey! Shall pray that you throw out that buffoon thickhead gorilla out that WH sanctuary!

Communists of Generations of our elders have dreamt of this moment and because of the Revolution and Sacrifice - little girls indoctrinated in the Communist Manefesto expected it. AG Bill Barr said America is in the midst of a Bolshevik Communist Revolution on Mark Levine show. Sure thing, plan exposed. The plan is to have the first whatever race woman, brown always a +, Communist President, led in by the hand of an old, likely demented, possibly racist, white man. Joe's a TROJAN HORSE for a communist takeover. Wake up people.

Wait.. 'our ancestors', WHOSE ANCESTORS? Lets talk about those slaves her family owned... She's of mix race. Grasping straws at best. What an amazing, uplifting headline. I'm sure you'll do the same for Trump/Pence 👍 Kamala? Progressive? 🤔 Her ancestors owned slaves....cancelled. She ain't black Whitewashed empty tombs and heads, especially Biden's! This is a transitional ticket and DOH Joe will be the recipient of an article 25 within days of the Whitehouse! You commies get what you want!

She’s put so many black people in prison... Kamala means awful, horrible in finnish language justsaying nomenistomen She’s bought and paid for Progressive? So is Kamala running for President or Biden? It's not the like the people elected her. Just saying.... Brilliant choice 😊 It's time for a change! Our media LOL

spin, spin, spin! You know she has a record and has destroyed many lives. Could y'all please stop saying she is progressive? She's corporatist bought and owned.

Trump says Kamala Harris 'nasty' and 'disrespectful' to Joe Biden, surprised by VP pickPresident Trump criticized Sen. Harris on Tuesday, for past comments she made about Joe Biden shortly after she was announced as Biden's running mate. “I was a little surprised that he picked her.' If Kamala Harris is such a terrible candidate why did he donate to her campaign in 2011 and 2012? Because he can be a bigger man when someone criticized him.

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running-mateTheir politics are similar, but Kamala Harris has a star quality that Joe Biden lacks YES SHE DOES! Bullshit... The only quality she has is how she rides coattails...

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