The United States Is Changing For The Better

Aug 19, 2020 by

The United States Is Changing For The Better

Biden’s picked Kamala Harris to be his political partner to help bring dignity and respect back to the White House and get to work rebuilding America – better.

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Kamala Harris is the second Black woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the U.S. Senate.

The Democratic Presidential ticket is set with Biden and Harris. 

President Trump said some men are “insulted” by VP Biden choosing a women as his running mate. I am elated.

I woke up the day after the announcement feeling more hopeful for our nation than I have felt in nearly four long years.

I am elated for people of color, young girls and anyone who can now see in Kamala Harris, including myself, that the American Dream includes them as well. Having someone who looks like you, who shares your journey in a position of power and authority matters. It can in a small and powerful way validate you as a person of value. 

I was taught to treat all people with dignity and respect by my parents and had four sisters to remind me that the sun did not rise and set on my brothers and I. 

Out of the Mouth of Babes

It was being a father that ingrained the value of diversity for us all and especially for those who have been marginalized by our white male dominated culture.

When my daughter was about 4 years old I took her to her pediatrician checkup. There were two female doctors and one male doctor in their medical practice. In my daughters short memory she only recalls seeing the female doctors and refused to let the male doctor examine her. The male doctor was very patient and showed her the “doctor” printed on his lab coat and pointed to the diploma’s on the wall to help convince her of his “doctor” credentials. He finally asked, “Why don’t you think I am a doctor?” My defiant little girl with here hands firmly placed on her hips stated, “Because doctors are girls! This was true from her narrow view of the world. 

A few years latter we are at the Ford World Headquarters to meet her mom, a Ford attorney for lunch. As we sat in the lobby waiting for her mom, a constant line of predominately white males in blue or white shirts and ties paraded by, my little girl remarked, “sure are a lotta twins that work here Dad.” Yes, it sure seemed so.

Importance of Hero’s 

Kamala Harris describes her mom, a strong and proud East Indian women as a hero to her. It got me thinking, we need more real hero’s in our world today. Not the Spider and Batman variety.

The media often downplays or under reports the fact that Kamala Harris, Biden’s vice presidential pick has an Indian mother. Her mother is from the Southern part of India and her father was from Jamaica. If elected, Senator Harris  would be the first female vice president of the United States as well as the first Black woman to hold that office.  What’s But  getting less notoriety is the fact that Ms. Harris will also be the first vice president of South Asian heritage. This is equally inspiring to the 4 million Indian immigrants that call the United States home. 

Change Is Here

As Bloomberg News points out, “over  the past four decades, the U.S. has become much more racially and ethnically diverse. The share of non-Hispanic white people residing in the country is now only 62 percent, while Hispanics and Asians together make up 22.5 percent. Since 2014, less than half of kids born in the U.S. have been born to two non-Hispanic white parents. Some states, such as Texas, are already majority-minority.This rapid demographic change, which is due both to immigration and to high fertility rates among Hispanic-Americans, has sparked unease and even fear among some, and probably contributed  to the election of President Donald Trump.

While President Trump has and continues to find ways to divide Americans, the people of the United States embraces the cultural diversity of our nation. In fact, according to a Pew research poll,58% of Americans believe that increased diversity makes their country a better place. 

As Foreign Policy Magazine points out, Harris follows in the footsteps of such luminaries as Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan. Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Jordan followed, serving as the first Black woman elected to Congress from the South. She boldly reclaimed “We, the people” as encompassing an increasingly diverse nation. These women were “unbossed and unbought,” as Chisholm declared in her campaign and later in her autobiography, and women like them continue to be the bridge-builders of the American union, wholly deserving of a seat at the table.

I am elated with the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket and I look forward to her leadership as we strive to become a more perfect union. America’s future just got a lot brighter. 

Tom Watkins was deputy chief of staff to Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, director of Department of Mental Health and State Superintendent of Schools. He has also been president and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Florida and is considered an expert on China.

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