By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Following months of speculation and debate over whether Joe Biden should pick a Black woman as his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris was named August 11 as Biden’s choice.

Biden reportedly called Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), former Ambassador Susan Rice, and three other candidates to inform them on Tuesday morning that they were not his pick.

Harris routinely had been seen as the top pick, but her clashes with Biden during the Democratic debates appeared to give Biden pause.

California Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s choice for vice president.

In 2017, Harris became the second African-American and the first South Asian-American United States senator in history. 

Her life as a prosecutor and fighting for justice was inspired by her mother, an Indian American immigrant, activist and breast cancer researcher.

Over the course of her nearly two terms as States Atty. Gen., Harris won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings.

Since joining Congress, she has introduced and co-sponsored legislation to raise wages for working people, reform our broken criminal justice system, make healthcare a right for all Americans, address the epidemic of substance abuse, support veterans and military families, and expand access to childcare for working parents.

President Donald Trump suggested that “some men are insulted” that Biden had long ago narrowed his search to women. However, Trump’s statements were seen as a last-minute bid to rattle the Democrats.

Women’s groups and the civil rights community in recent days blasted the media and individuals on social platforms for racist and sexist attacks against Harris and others who were considered in the vice-presidential sweepstakes.

Earlier, 100 prominent Black men including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Charlamagne Tha God, NBA Star Chris Paul, Bakari Sellers, and rapper Doug E. Fresh, signed a letter of solidarity calling for Biden to select a Black woman.

“As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that should happen to something that has to happen. It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized,” the men wrote in the missive.