2020 has been doing the absolute most in all angles and aspects, just seeking out what seems to feel like constant insanity and confusion propelled by an Executive Office who appears to be oblivious to it all. We’ve dealt with the largest health pandemic in over 100 years, we’re wearing masks all over the place and sanitizing trying not to get sick as we continue to receive news of the rising tally of people (which as of today is 258,000 in the U.S.) who’ve died in less than a year of this virus being known. We’ve also been faced with what seems to be a surge of racism, hatred, and just flat out killings of Black people in the nation. According to CBS News, 164 Black people were killed by police in just the first 8 months of 2020. Here are some of their names:
There’s more of course. We just don’t have time to get into it because I’d like to cut to the chase and talk about the new hotness on the block that will soon move into the house. The White House. We’re getting a new President and a new Vice President y’all. And the VP is a SHE…a Black Woman. It almost sounds unbelievable with the recent time we’ve had but it’s true. It’s like the best news we’ve ever received and it couldn’t come in a better year or better time than 2020. Jesus knew we needed some good news and he DELIVERTTTT!!
Anytime we see a first in America it’s a cause for celebration. Since 1789 there have been 48 Vice Presidents…all white men (and one Native American.) In 1789 Black people were still slaves in this country. Frederick Douglass equalled not being able to vote as the equivalent of slavery stating “Slavery is not abolished until the Black man has the ballot,” in May 1865. Blacks in American have had a long road to the ballot fighting extreme discrimination. Thanks to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Selma, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which banned literacy tests and other methods used to disenfranchise Black voters in 1965. To learn more about the long road for the fight to vote read here. Black Americans, who now make up a huge majority of voters, have a voice. And now there is a black…woman VP!!!!!!
It’s OK to be proud because Kamala is the FIRST:
- Black person to serve as the Vice President in America.
- Indian-American person to serve as the VP.
- The first WOMAN to serve as the VP.
- Black Woman to serve as the VP.
- VP whose parents come from India and Jamaica.
- Black Woman who graduated from a historically black college to serve as the VP.
- VP to be affiliated with a black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
- VP who’s married to a man.
- VP who’s a stepmom.
- VP to come out on stage for her victory speech to one of my favorite persons in the world, Mary J. Blige.
“while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last” ~ Kamala Harris, 2020
Kick in that glass ceiling boo!! In your chucks or heels. I’m here for it!!! I’m also here for the Carolina Herrera white pantsuit and pussy-bow blouse that was a stark contrast to what we’re used to seeing Madam VP in. And I love a good nod at meaningful fashion such as this. The white suit represents “The quality of our purpose” which was an early mission statement for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage published in 1913. The blouse represents a historical working woman’s uniform and the the female version of a tie. It made sense. And it’s good politics which she has vowed to represent.
“Let’s speak the truth: People are protesting because Black people have been treated as less than human in America. Because our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity,” Kamala Harris wrote in an op-ed for Cosmopolitan.
There is power in this first. There is power in this “Presidency for All Americans.” And there is power in a monochromatic look. Here are some of my favorites as we get back to fashion (click pic for more details) and I did keep in mind that we’re still in 2020 and most of us are looking cute at home. ♥
You can shop my look here.
I’m not gonna lie I’m feeling myself with Kamala going to the White House! She’s letting me and all the black women and girls everywhere know that we can do it! Take flight and make history.
“There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ “They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you.” ~ Kamala Harris
Let me know how y’all are feeling in the comments below!
XOXO and super excited for this #NewBeginning ,
Photo Credits: Pablo Raya
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