I listened to Kamala Harris’ speech this afternoon as she put herself in the public eye as the Democratic nominee for US Vice-President. Passionate, pointed, tender … the whole thing.
Yesterday, Donald Trump wondered why Joe Biden had picked Harris, given her attack on him about busing in a Democratic debate last year.
According to Wikipedia: “Busing is the practice of assigning and transporting students to schools within or outside their local school districts in an effort to reduce the racial segregation in schools.”
Kamala Harris: Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America then?
Joe Biden: I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education.
Harris: There was a failure of states to integrate public schools in America. I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley, California public schools almost two decades after [?] Board of Education.
Biden: Because your city council made that decision.
Harris: That’s where the federal government must step in. That’s why we have the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. That’s why we need to pass the Equality Act. That’s why we need to pass the ERA. Because there are moments in history where states fail to preserve the civil rights of all people.
Biden did not wither but I believe he was shaken. Many months later, Joe chooses Kamala as his running mate.
Surround yourself with partners
who are better than you are
Leave them to go get on with it