Why Black Progressive Women Feel Conflicted About Kamala Harris

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Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first black woman to run on a major party presidential ticket.

But many Black progressive women remain ambivalent about Harris’s candidacy, even while acknowledging its historic nature.

“We’ve seen her break so many barriers,” says journalist, lawyer and abolitionist Derecka Purnell, adding that many “are also frustrated” by a narrative that centers Trump as the main source of evil in U.S. politics and downplays the role so-called moderates have played in perpetuating systems of injustice.

“It’s just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time, if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record,” Purnell says. (📹: Democracy Now!)

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