Kamala Harris is the first Black American and South Asian American nominated for vice president by a major party.
Before becoming the first woman in American history to cover this role, Kamala has been elected to the U.S. Senate and has been Attorney General of California.
In “The truths we hold” Kamala Harris covers a wide range of topics. The most profound moments are those recalling old memories with her mother, an Indian immigrant and cancer researcher who raised alone Kamala and her younger sister Maya.
“For as long as ours has been a nation of immigrants, we have been a nation that fears immigrants. Fear of the other is woven into the fabric of our American culture, and unscrupulous people in power have exploited that fear in pursuit of political advantage.”
This biography is a conventional political memoir, but the book also bring into light Harris’ aspirations and ideals.
It’s well known that Kamala Harris likes to listen to people stories; she feels the grief they are going through and she suffers with them. “The truths we hold” reveals this human side of Harris we had the chance to know in these months in the White House.
“In the years to come, what matters most is that we see ourselves in one another’s struggles.”
As district attorney and attorney general of California, she came in contact with the most challenging issues that remain still unsolved today. She addressed the high and falls of the criminal justice system.
Harris acknowledges the nation’s “deep and dark history” behind the inequality in terms of trial duration, judgement between white and black convicts.
Growing up between Oakland and Berkeley in California in the 1960s and 1970s, Harris was “surrounded by adults shouting and marching and demanding justice from the outside,” she writes. “But I also knew there was an important role on the inside, sitting at the table where the decisions were being made.”
Harris cites the bills she has introduced during her time in the Senate: proposals to reform bail systems, place body cameras on immigration agents, provide relief to renters, protect critical election infrastructure, invest in quantum computing.
Kamala Harris seems determined to take charge of the battles and endure the verdict issued by future generations.
“I want us to tell them what we did.”– she writes in the final sentences.