“Kamala Harris is articulate and a Democrat.” That’s the argument I hear from those trying to convince me Kamala Harris should be the Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2020.
Having Kamala Harris on a ticket looks good.
It appeals to the lust we have for choosing candidates of color assuming those candidates will look out for the greater good of our communities because we assume they can identify with us.
But can they? Can they really identify with the 1-2% of America that is fighting to make America best?
My opinion is absolutely not.
To those who voted for Donald Trump because they felt he could identify with them are confused about the gap between the rich and the poor. Their six-figure salary does not put them in the 1%. Many of us don’t even quite know what the 1% really is.
The income inequality is not even half the battle. To dangle a racial and/or feminist carrot in our faces is insulting. In April, the Los Angeles Times wrote, ‘We can’t afford to be purists, Senator Kamala Harris warns Progressives.’
That statement alone is insulting. Progressives are often described as purists and radicals but that is far from the truth. The Civil Rights era was sparked by the injustices Black people endured in America. The dog attacks, the water hoses, the police brutality and excessive force, lynchings and the systemic racism that went along with all the physical abuse is just a glimpse into a description of why Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were Progressives, or as some would call them, Democratic Socialists.
When a group of people stand against police brutality and murders of unarmed people, that is not being a purist that’s being a realist. When Progressives fight for single-payer health care, that is not being purist that is being actively involved in the basic human rights of human beings.
Progressives have fought against Wall Street corrupting political campaigns which influence our elections and when those campaigns flop, Progressives are then asked to rev up that energy again but this time the ones calling Progressives purists are asking Progressives to fight against Russia for influencing our election process.
That is purely hypocrisy and undemocratic. Progressives aren’t asking to be pure. They are asking to do exactly what Democrats have preached and put on paper for so long, yet haven’t done.
Progressives fought for a $15 minimum wage while the Democratic Party fought against it and voted it down. Progressives fought for free college while the Democratic Party laughed at the concept. Now, there is a tuition free college in New York. In addition, the Democrats in Congress voted against an amendment establishing protections for pensions, they voted against a carbon tax amendment, against an amendment banning fracking, against an amendment to block the use of eminent domain for fossil fuel extraction, against an amendment to make climate change a test for building pipelines, against an amendment for single payer health care, against an amendment to specify mechanisms on making health care a right, against an amendment to oppose any use of force in the Syrian conflict and against an amendment calling for the end of the America’s exportation of fracking.
If Progressives are called purists, then Democrats should be called Republicans.
It actually bothers me to not stand with politicians of color. It hurts to the core. But, I cannot be with any person that is not with the 99% of us and that goes for Kamala Harris, too.