Voting in 2020

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Voting in 2020

I voted for Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris because she represents ‘every woman.’ *cue Whitney Houston

“Whatever you want, whatever you need
Anything you want done, baby
I'll do it naturally
'Cause I'm every woman (every woman)
It's all in me, it's all in me, yeah!” 
– Whitney Houston, I’m Every Woman 
“Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pays tribute to her mother and the women who made her path possible during a victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware.”
Caption and photo by cnn.com

I first learned about Harris’ work in California when I was knee-deep in covering the 2016 presidential election between former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Hilary Clinton. I was intrigued by her work as an attorney general and then as a senator in The Golden State.

She spoke with such conviction that I contemplated working towards a senate seat of my own. I’d never seen anyone like her in that capacity, and after learning that she was an HBCU graduate as well as a soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I was all in for the ride.

In 2016, I was the radio station manager at my university’s media center, and my job was to prepare to cover the 2016 Presidential Election. I had also just won Miss University 2017, a Mississippi title within the Miss America Organization. I remember watching the news every day.

I studied the policies, crunched a few numbers, and contemplated opposing views. I marinated on the endless possibilities of what I wanted in the next four years and tried to come up with an answer for what I would say when the panel asked me to grade the sitting president, Barack Obama. 

Today, on November 7th

I’m emotional watching her speech. 

I’ve sat on the edge of my seat for the past 30 minutes in an oversized Ole Miss t-shirt and my coziest pajama pants. I haven’t showered today. I haven’t combed my hair. It’s been a long week, and I need a moment to just.. be. 

I’ll share my perspective.

Earlier this morning, I took my time getting out of bed. I was nervous about this election’s results because I knew that it could mean a slew of things for millions of Americans. I just kept reminding myself, “Leah, you did your part. Whatever happens next is not on you alone. There is more work to be done, but it will take time.”

Quarantine and COVID-19 hit minoritized communities the hardest, but it hit America the worst. We have all been in this together, but we have not all done our part. This election season was divisive, but it’s shown the hearts of millions of Americans. That was a reality that many of us needed to see just to recognize how much farther we have to go to achieve true liberation. 

I cried watching her speech.

Kamala walks out in a fresh white/cream suit. Her silk blouse is perfectly steamed, and her smile is enormous. I’m in awe. She did it!

She is unshaken by difficulty. She eats “No” for breakfast. She speaks her truth in heels just as loud, and she does in sneakers. She did not allow anyone to convince her that it wasn’t her time. She is representation in its greatest manifestation. She identifies as a woman of color, and the little girl inside of me is frozen in disbelief. I’ve gone from having a slim representation of black and brown WOMEN in positions of power to this very moment. 

My eyes well up with tears that fall down my cheeks as I process this moment. I wipe my face, and I realize that at this moment, I am witnessing a woman of color high step onto the stage to the sweet sound of Mary J. Blige. As the camera pans the crowd, I see a sea of diversity. I see a few black women, representing their respective NPHC sorority in crewneck sweaters, waving their hands and American flags to support our next vice president, and my heart explodes. 

This is a big deal.

The past several months have been extremely hard for me, and seeing her here gives me so much hope. 

We’ve marched for equality and justice, and I backed it up in the booths and VOTED for change. 

Yes, Kamala, I chose hope, decency, science, AND truth. 

I wanted a president that could unite our country regardless of the party. I admire many politicians for their character, such as Barak Obama as well as Senator John McCain in his last years. 

I’ve cried for seven months over injustice and brutality while struggling with the reality that America was never genuinely “great.” Still, we have always known her potential and fought for her promise.  

You are every woman, too.

Generations of women are celebrating across the world because we are here to stay. We’ve made it into the white house, and there’s no way we’ll stop there. 

Black Women Matter, and we have proven time and time again that we are the backbone of our democracy.  

I felt liberation in my bones when I went to the polls on November 3, 2020. I will revel in that moment for the rest of my life. I made a promise to myself that I will use my voice to stand for freedom and equality for all people by always choosing to use my voice. 

“While I might be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.”

– Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris

Today, I feel inspired to dream despite my crippling fear of failure. 

“This is the time to heal in America.”

President-Elect Joe Biden

America, the people have spoken, and there is more work to do. 

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