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I used to be critical of Kamala Harris. Now I am going to defend her at every turn | The Guardian

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I used to be critical of Kamala Harris. Now I am going to defend her at every turn | The Guardian

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While the announcement caught very few of us by surprise, a jolt of excitement was inserted into this election. And rightly so

By Shanita Hubbard, The Guardian

The historic announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick is another reminder that multiple things can be true at the same time. Harris is undeniably brilliant, has recently introduced bills that would specifically improve the quality of live for Black Americans, and by all accounts she is superior in every way imaginable to the current president. In fact, adding her to the ticket has made me far more enthusiastic about this race than I was even days before the announcement.

Throughout this campaign, Biden has said things that made me question his understanding of the Black community, let alone his commitment to fight against social inequality. And yet, here we are, squarely seated in that space where many truths exist at once. Does Biden give me pause? Oh, absolutely. Do I believe he will be a better leader than Trump? Without a shadow of a doubt. But is that the bar? Are millions of Americans expected to capitulate to such a defeating standard from our future leaders?

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