There is no woman more proud of Madame Vice President Kamala Harris than her niece Meena Harris. Throughout our new VP’s career, Meena Harris has been her auntie’s biggest cheerleader. It is through her social media account where we get to witness Kamala Harris’ personality behind the scenes.
Personally, I’m grateful to experience our Vice President through Meena Harris’ eyes. That boastful, familiar emotion you get when you watch your auntie go off and do something great is a feeling we’ve all felt before. Black women everywhere are cheering for their mythical Black aunt, who just took on a role that will change the face of American politics.
To further personalize this moment, Meena took to social media to share a family photo of Harris, her sister Maya, their father Donald, their mother Shyamala, and another woman who I assume to be the Vice President’s grandmother. The picture shows the sisters dressed in matching animal print coats.
Meena also shared a photo of her two daughters from today’s inauguration, dressed in matching coats. So many correlations can be made behind the intention of the coordinating outfits. For one, these photos speak to the path our VP is creating for women who come after her. During the time that Harris and her sister Maya snapped that family photo, the possibility of a Black Vice President did not exist. After yesterday’s inauguration, we witnessed the progression of Black women which now extends the opportunity for other women of color to dream bigger.
Meena’s girls, along with the rest of the world, are gawking at the historical moments that occurred today. They’ll look back on these photos of them in matching jackets and remember the reason behind the image. Because of women like Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Stacey Abrams, we can dream bigger and execute the impossible.