Kamala Harris Refuses to ‘Meet Hate with Hate’ as Vice President

In the upcoming February issue of Vogue, cover star Kamala Harris outlines the actions she will take in her vice presidency.

In an interview conducted prior to the siege at the U.S. Capitol last week, the Vice President-elect told writer Alexis Okeowo that she and President-elect Joe Biden will prioritize battling the coronavirus pandemic in their first 100 days of office.

“The first line of approach has to be to get control of this pandemic,” she said.

“We think about the first 100 days in terms of what we need to do to support mayors and governors and local officials around their distribution and their public health systems,” Harris added. “When we get control of this pandemic, that’s going to be a critical factor in being able to reopen our economy.”

The 56-year-old also addressed the partisan conflict in our country, and how she and Biden will address this divide.

“At the risk of oversimplifying it, you don’t meet hate with hate,” Harris said. “You don’t meet one line of division with another line of division. We believe that the vast majority of American people don’t agree with that approach, don’t accept it, and don’t like it.

“We can agree that we have more in common than what separates us,” the former California senator later added. “And agree that it’s not in the best interest of who we are as a nation to have any one group suffer for who they are.”

While reflecting on the victory speech she gave November 7 after multiple outlets declared her and Biden to be the winners of the 2020 presidential election, Harris said she feels “there is a great responsibility that comes with being” the first female, as well as the first Black and Asian American, VP in U.S. history.

“I always say this: I may be the first to do many things — make sure I’m not the last,” she said. “I was thinking of my baby nieces, who will only know one world where a woman is vice president of the United States, a woman of color, a Black woman, a woman with parents who were born outside of the United States.”

On the cover of Vogue’s print edition, Harris, dressed in a black blazer and her signature low-top Converse sneakers, stands in front of an apple green and salmon pink backdrop — the colors of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

However, The Associated Press reports Monday that the cover is not what was agreed upon by both Harris and Vogue.

Reportedly, Harris’ cover was supposed to be of her in a powder blue power suit, designed by Michael Kors.

In a statement obtained by the AP, Vogue said it went with the image of Harris in a black blazer because it captured an “authentic, approachable nature, which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden-Harris administration.”

The magazine also said it released both images as digital magazine covers to “respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward.”

Despite this, a source told the AP that Harris’ team has expressed its disappointment to Vogue over its decision.

Both images were believed to have leaked online late Saturday.


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