Former Vice President Joe Bidden, the presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee is expected to formally announce his choice of Vice President this week since the Democratic Convention is very close now. He has reportedly received an open letter signed by more than 100 Black men urging him to choose a Black woman as his Vice President.
The letter openly states that failing to do so in 2020 will mean that you will lose the elections.
Black leaders across several industries are known to be the signers of the letter including:
- Lenard Larry Mckelvey, “Charlamagne Tha God” Co-host of the radio show “The Breakfast Club”
- Van Jones, CNN political commentator
- Bakari Sellers, former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and a CNN commentator
- Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minnesota
- Aliaume Damala Badara “Akon” Thiam, the award-winning singer and record producer.
- Michael Eric Dyson, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
- Rapper and actor Sean John Combs famously kniwn as P.diddy
- Timothy Zachary Mosley, stage name “Timbaland”, record producer, songwriter and rapper
- Tyrone William griffin “Ty Dolla $ign” singer, songwriter and record producer
Pointing towards California Senator Kamala Harris, the letter mentions how Black women who could be Biden’s running mate have been wrongfully criticized and scrutinized.
The letter clearly states that Black Women have always stood for the party even to the extent of risking their lives however they have never been acknowledged, respected or supported enough for the same.
The letter questions Former President Barack Obama’s choice of making Joe Biden the Vice President and expecting him to be loyal at a time when he was too ambitious to become President himself.
In July, Biden said that he had a few Black Women in mind, those he is currently considering for the role of Vice President. The women under consideration in July were California Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Karen Bass of California, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
The letter was a mark o solidarity with around 700 Black women leaders who has earlier written to Joe Bidden asking him to choose a woman of colour.
Following this Joe Bidden announced his decision on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in a tweet. Sen. Kamala Harris has been chosen by him to be his running mate, describing whom he mentioned that she is one of the country’s finest public servants.
Positioning herself as a leading Democratic Voice, Kamala Harris the California Senator is the first Black Women and First Asian descent women to be on No. 2 on a major party ticket.