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How Kamala Walks Away From 2020 Presidential Bid A Winner

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by G. Brown

On Tuesday, in a post that was almost the equivalent of a whisper, Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris shattered the dream of many of her supporters with what she called “one of the hardest decisions of my life”.

Kamala’s humble retreat from the race ignited anger surprisingly amongst both friend and foe…

Fox News “The Five” host Greg Gutfeld said of Harris “Screw you. You are a big jerk” for Kamala questioning if America was ready for a “woman of color” to be president.

Fellow Democratic contender Senator Cory Booker is also angry.  Not at Harris but at a system that makes it tough for people without major money to even run a real campaign.  Booker told Buzzfeed News, “It’s a damn shame frankly that Kamala Harris’ voice is no longer in this race“.  Booker’s frustration seems to lie in the DNC rules of what is a “legitimate campaign” to remain in the running.


. The junior Senator from California defied the odds almost from the onset of her campaign in January of this year.  She garnered media attention immediately and was considered by many to be a high profile candidate.  More than 20 thousand people showed up for her campaign kickoff and in the first 24 hours of her campaign, Harris raised over $1.5 million. With a slogan of “For the People”, Harris promised to fight for the little guy, go after social media platforms that allowed racial hatred to threaten democracy and was one of the few Democratic voices willing to call out the current President as “…divisive and …a racist.”  In the Democratic debates, Harris was smart, quick-witted and often memorable.  She knocked the wind out of former Vice President Joe Biden and left him floundering for words on his opposition to school bussing. Often ranked among the top 5 in national polls, political pundits thought Harris had a strong edge heading into the fast-approaching Iowa caucuses in February.   By October, Harris had reportedly raised an impressive $11.6 in the third quarter of her campaign.

Still, it wasn’t enough for Harris to win.

The NY Times said Harris’ campaign was marred with rifts between “competing factions eager to belittle one another”. But Harris made it clear, money or rather the lack of enough of it was forcing her out.

She and Booker both did amazingly well at a time when the country is more openly polarized than in recent memory.  Harris’ performance is particularly commendable since she dares tread where few Black women have gone before granting her inclusion to a small club alongside pioneers like  Shirley Chisolm in 1972 and Carol Mosely Braun in 2004.

The fact that such a popular candidate had to pull out shines a light on the whole process.  The only people who can afford to run are millionaires and billionaires and as we’ve seen with the current occupant of the White House the rich aren’t exactly in touch with issues facing the common man.

Harris’ campaign shows us what Booker was saying, that our political system is better suited for billionaires than people of color. Progressive candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are already campaigning to get big money out of politics.  Harris as a casualty of that unfair system will hopefully keep the push against big money alive.

But perhaps the biggest benefit of Harris’ shortlived campaign is that it puts her in a better position for future political battles.  Her name recognition is through the roof which might appeal to the actual democratic nominee in search of a running mate if he’s not fairing well with the Black community.  Others have said with her sharp mind and legal prowess, Harris could be in line for a position like Attorney General.

Whether you supported her candidacy or not, there’s no denying that Harris’s campaign pushed through ceilings and broke away barriers for women of color.

 

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    NBA is fixed

    December 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Message to all future black politicians. If you don’t have a detailed plan to build a new Black Wall Street, you will not receive the black vote. You will suffer the same consequences as Kamala Harris. No reparations no black vote!

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    Shawn

    December 5, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Kamala Harris dropped out of the Presidential race-if she were to run against Trump, I would’ve voted for her also!

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    NBA is fixed

    December 5, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    For over ten years, Kamala Harris was the six figure a year on camera overseer for the California State Prison System and for prison slave labor. Her and her white husband made millions from the California Prison Industrial Complex. She announces her run for President on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and attempts to convince black people to vote for her? She underestimated our intelligence and disrespected our families. I’m glad she dropped out of the Presidential Race. Don’t forget, she engaged in the shameful act of prostitution to start her political career. I don’t care if Kamala graduated from The Mecca, she betrayed black Americans and she destroyed black families.

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    NBA is fixed

    December 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Now that Kamala Harris has dropped out of the Democratic Presidential race, she can go back home and do the Monsters Ball with her white husband. #MakeMeFeelGood

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    NBA is fixed

    December 5, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Brothers and sistas, do not trust any black woman who refers to themselves as a “woman of color,” “bi-racial” or “ethnic.” These terms are code words that some black women use in order to distance herself from black people while at the same time attempt to please, pleasure and serve white people. To put in in layman terms, these type of black women are modern day house slaves.

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    NBA is fixed

    December 5, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I’m a conspiracy theorist. I suspect that Kamala Harris was told to drop out of the Democratic Presidential race. We are currently seeing commercials featuring Mike Bloomberg aired on all major tv networks. Melanin family, please do not vote for Bloomberg. He is just as racist as Donald Trump. Don’t forget New York’s racist policy “Stop And Frisk.”

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