Dear fellow Ohio Democrats,
I woke up this morning feeling more hopeful than I have in far too long.
Tonight, Kamala Devi Harris will make history as the first Black woman and Asian-American woman to accept the vice presidential nomination of a major party. Little Black girls around the country will watch on TV as someone who looks like them proves they can do anything. Be anything. Achieve anything.
As a Black woman in government myself, I know all too well the barriers and hurdles that trailblazers face. Just a few months ago, I was pepper sprayed by police at a Black Lives Matter protest when simply doing my job by showing up for my constituents. The Black women who came before me faced even greater threats, but continued pushing on — because that’s what Black girls do. We eat “no” for breakfast, like Kamala says.
America is ready for a Black woman to serve as vice president — in fact, it is long overdue — but breaking this barrier and defeating Donald Trump is going to require each and every one of us to get off the sidelines.
I’m so proud of Kamala, and I can’t wait to see her tonight and to pay tribute to all of the Black women on whose shoulders we stand. We owe them everything.
I’m Joyce Beatty, and I approve this message.
Joyce Birdsong Beatty
U.S. Representative, OH-3
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