Low polling Vice President Kamala Harris spoke Monday to the most friendly of audience members at the NAACP annual convention. But not before the leader of civil-rights groups felt the need to remind them why they should vote for the first Black female vice president of the country.
Ms. Harris is the Democratic Party’s successor apparent in the event that President Biden leaves. 2024, immediately thanked her on stage for being so kind and corrected her name.
NAACP vice chair, introduced Ms. Harris at the group’s 113th annual meeting in Atlantic City. She was full of praise and effusive. In a 10-minute introduction, Ms. Boykin-Towns called Ms. Harris “a glimmer of hope” for Black Americans.
” We now have representation in the highest levels government,” stated Ms. Boykin–Towns. She didn’t mention President Barack Obama. This is power. It has been far too long since we had a Black woman in the White House. We must support and encourage her for all the achievements she made and continues making for our community .”
She reiterated her call for support of Ms. Harris. Her approval rating with Black voters was 68% according to a YouGov poll, and 45% with women. Another survey conducted in April by the California vice president found that her approval rating was 35%..
” We must support her, whether it be to protect Black mothers or ensure that our youth have equal education access. Or advocate for us both here and overseas,” Ms. Boykin–Towns stated. “Vice President Harris delivers for us.”
Ms. Harris walked up to the stage and received applause. She gave Ms. Boykin–Towns an extended embrace and mispronounced her name.
” Let me thank Vice Chair Boykins Town for the incredible introduction”, she stated, while putting an “s” in the wrong place. It means so much .”
Later Ms. Harris met several state lawmakers who support abortion rights to talk about protecting New Jersey’s reproductive rights following the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v Wade. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver did not attend the meeting despite her office stating she would.
Ms. Harris stated to the NAACP convention last month that the Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights was reminiscent of slavery in America, because women are no longer able to regulate their own bodies.
She said the ruling by the conservative-majority high court “took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the people of America, from the women of America.”
” We know, NAACP that our country has a long history of taking ownership over human bodies,” Harris stated. Extremist leaders today are criminalizing doctors, and punishing women who make healthcare decisions. While we have worked hard for our country’s advancement, there are still those trying to pull us backward. Our democracy .”
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She criticised pro-life elected officials who argued that the state should decide abortion.
“But, at the moment many of these same so-called leaders who are passing laws restricting the ability to vote are also the ones she mentioned in reference to mainly Southern states.
She reminded her audience that Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey Democrat) had cosponsored an anti-lynching bill that Mr. Biden signed into law. Recalling the Illinois Democrat, Rep. Bobby Rush was also credited.
She did not mention Sen. Tim Scott as a cosponsor, but he is also a South Carolina Republican and Black. Scott described the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act signed by Mr. Biden in March as a “not for Republicans or Democrats but for all Americans .”
The vice president encouraged NAACP members to vote more Democrats at the midterm elections in order to increase gun legislation, defend abortion rights, and fight against “un-American state voting laws” that restrict early voting.
” We must realize that the dream of this movement is not over,” she stated. We will continue to march, no matter what they try to stop us from doing so. This fall, friends, freedom, liberty, and democracy will be on the ballot. It is important that we make our voices heard. It is essential that we have people who are willing to defend our rights .”
Citing the recent mass shootings she stated that Congress should renew an assault weapon ban in federal law, which expired in 2004,. She also suggested repealing a gun manufacturer liability shield.
” America is now in mourning because of mass shootings,” said the vice-president. It’s more than mass shootings. We see them in our daily lives, which is just as tragic and outrageous. Black people are 13% of America’s population, but make up 62% of gun homicide victims. The need to have reasonable gun safety laws can be a serious issue when it comes down to civil rights. All communities deserve to live in safe areas without the threat of weapons of war. Over the past 20 year, this country has produced three times as many guns. We now have more guns than people .”