Words by Sacha Sulaiman
Illustration by Katie Herchenroeder
The potential candidates list for the 2020 presidential elections is one of the most diverse ones our nation has ever seen. Ranging from different genders to skin colors to political affiliations, these candidates are providing the American people with a glimpse of how progressive this election will look next year.
These candidates, although not perfectly, better reflect the demographics of areas like New York City, Harlem, and this very campus. Among the candidates is Kamala Harris, who announced her decision to run on January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As a former U.S. Senator and Attorney General of California, Harris has demonstrated her strong democratic views in the past and will continue to promote these views as her campaign moves forward.
Harris’s campaign is one “for the people,” and she has expressed an interest in the middle class, Medicare, immigration, and criminal justice changes. She has also expressed strong disagreement to many of Trump’s policies including that of border security. “We need border security, but we need smart border security,” Harris states in an interview with Trevor Noah in late February. She continues, “We should not have a policy or perspective that is grounded in keeping people out… We should have borders that also allow people to come in. That is part the strength of our nation. We are a nation that was founded and has grown because we have always welcome immigrants.”
In the same interview, Kamala Harris communicates her hope for the future of America, and her specific plan on boosting middle class families. “If elected… when elected, it would be one of my first orders of business. What I’m proposing, is that we change the tax code, in a way that benefits working and middle-class families.” But Harris is not faced with supporters in all corners. Her views on criminal justice reforms have caught criticism by a handful of people, both conservatives and liberals, who question her past decisions as attorney general which seem to conflict with her proclaimed visions today. Nonetheless, with her growing fan-base, Harris is gaining recognition fast and is considered amongst the strong contenders for a democratic candidate. If elected, she would be the first mixed African-American and South Indian woman to run for president, reminding us of the diverse political spectrum we are about t