Representation matters. I witnessed a moment in history as Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris gave her monumental speech to the United States. I know representation matters because I was a little brown girl who didn’t see people who looked liked me run companies let alone countries. To see my 15-year old daughter’s concern and excitement all week as SHE provided me with the updates on the votes from the 4 outstanding states was priceless.
Then, on Saturday morning, as I slept in, she delivered the news to me that former Vice President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania, thereby winning the election. I let out a sigh of relief! As I searched my social media for more proof, tears began to fall from my eyes as I saw other news outlets posting this major, tumultuous accomplishment. I got to share this moment with my little brown girl.
Vice President Elect Kamala Harris’s and President Elect Joe Biden’s speeches were EPIC. I think the country is on the path to healing, but make no mistake that they have their work cut out for them.
To see the gracious, beautiful, smart, intelligent, competent, strong, Kamala Harris take the stage and speak was a beautiful moment. But what she said was monumental. She stands on the shoulders of other women who have been fighting for a century for equality, justice, and the right to vote. She stands on the shoulders of black women who have not been heard, are often overlooked, but are the back bones of democracy. This is my summary, but I encourage you to search the transcript of her speech, as I have done, and read it.
“Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” Her speech stirred me up so much that I’m inspired to approach my work with the state of Texas more boldly. I’m fired up!
What an AMAZING weekend. What an AMAZING 2020. Hope has been restored for the United States of America.