Ahead of her vice presidential debate with Mike Pence this week, Kamala Harris, on the cover of ELLE magazine, is speaking her mind.
In the November 2020 issue, which hits newsstands Nov. 3, Harris explained that growing up she understood “you had to dedicate yourself to fighting for justice on some level or another.”
“That the measure of you is so much bigger than you; it’s the impact you have, it’s what you do in service to others,” she continued. “And that’s how I was raised. I was raised that it is not about charity and benevolence, it’s about your duty. No one’s going to congratulate you for it — it’s what you’re supposed to do.”
She said she will not ignore those who are the least visible in the country.
“At this moment in time, it is so critically important in our country for all people to be seen in their full selves, in a way that gives them the dignity they deserve.”
Harris, who has faced criticism about her past as a prosecutor, also spoke about the current conversations around police brutality.
“What I hope and pray is that we can get to a point where, through what are undoubtedly difficult conversations, we confront the real history of America,” she said. “Doing it in a way that is motivated by love, but also is fully honest.”
She added that hope is what drives her.
“Optimism is the fuel driving every fight I’ve been in,” she said. “The motivation comes from believing in what can be unburdened by what has been.”
SOURCE: USA Today – Sara M Moniuszko