Will Having a Black Vice-President Aid in the Dismantling of Discriminatory Policies and Practices for Black Children in Public Schools?
It’s been one month since the Biden-Harris administration has taken over a fractured and frail America. Although Black Americans are ecstatic to have a vice-president who looks like them, the question remains: How will the Biden-Harris administration heal and unify the country? More specifically, Black people want to know, how will Kamala Harris support the Black community especially since she is a graduate of Howard University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) whose focus has always made the Black child a top priority since the 1800’s. Despite this focus on Black upward mobility, statistics show that 1 in 4 (24%) of students at HBCU’s today are non-Black.
Kamala Harris may have fallen into that non-Black category because her mother was an immigrant from India. However, by American standards, she is categorized as Black because of her father’s genetic makeup; as the saying goes, “if you have one drop of Black blood, then you are Black.” But does social stratification guarantee that her beliefs and values mirror that of the Black community? Everyone knows that the Black community is not monolithic. Prior to being sworn into office on January 20th, some Blacks had already begun questioning Harris’ “Blackness” or her commitment to the Black community because of her record as a prosecutor.
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