Meet Kamala Harris

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Maggie Boncosky ‘23, A&E Editor

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Kamala Harris became a household name when Joe Biden announced her as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. This article is a way for people to form an educated opinion on the woman who may be the next vice president of the United States.

In 2016, Kamala Harris became the second black woman to be elected to the senate. Harris is a staunch democrat, the fourth most left voting politician in the senate, surpassed only by Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Jeff Merkley. She started her career as a prosecutor, and maintained an impressively high conviction rate throughout her time in the position.  

On most humanitarian issues, Harris’ stance is unwaveringly liberatarian. She has voted for zero restrictions on abortion, and has always been in favor of legalizing same-sex marriges, and allowing trans people to use their bathroom of choice. She is against the death penalty for purely practical reasons: it is proven that the death penalty does not actually discourages the crimes the punishment is used for, and it is far more costly to the state because people on death row tend to appeal their case multiple times. 

Harris has always been an active voter for environmental issues, wanting to ban fracking and limiting carbon emissions, even at the expense of businesses and corporations. She also supports raising taxes on the top one percent of Americans, making her an unpopular choice for the nation’s billionaires. 

Whether you chose to support Joe Biden’s running mate or not, having the facts to back up your opinion is an essential part of healthy debates. Agree, disagree, fine. But do it with intelligence and the knowledge that your opinion is only that.