Top headlines for the week of August 15, 2020
Sen. Kamala Harris makes history
The Caribbean America community is excited about Democratic Nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Biden announced Tuesday he was selecting the senator, who is of Jamaican-Indian descent, as his running mate in the November election.
Along with jokes about curry chicken and oxtail being served in the White House, several posts were floating around questioning Harris blackness and record as California attorney general.
If Harris is elected, she will be the first of many. There has never been a black, female, Indian, or Caribbean American vice president. Her nomination by Biden makes her the first Indian-American to run for the position. Read more.
Biden’s campaign sets a trend
People are also talking about Karine Jean-Pierre. The former Obama staffer who was tapped as Harris’ chief of staff. The Haitian American powerhouse also made history as the first Black chief of staff for a vice presidential nominee. Jean-Pierre has been serving as the senior advisor for Biden’s campaign. She has an extensive career as a high-ranking political staffer. Read more.
Postal service debacle
In other elections news, there are concerns that possible mail service delays could affect the November election. The U.S. House on Sunday ordered U.S. Postal Service officials to testify at an emergency oversight hearing on the delays Aug. 24. Officials previously warned about the financial pressures from the potential influx of mail-in ballots and requested $25 billion from the federal government.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump said he would block some of the aid to the federal service, according to CNN. He later backtracked the comments. Read more.
COVID-19 vaccine could take a year
A COVID-19 vaccine may not be available in America until spring or summer next year, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Meanwhile, 35 percent of Americans said they would not get a vaccine if the FDA approved one now and provided it for free. Read more.
Racial demonstrations take over Stone Mountain
Tension over a Confederate memorial in Stone Mountain, Georgia, erupted Saturday and Sunday, at times turning violent.Pro-Confederate groups and Pro-Black groups faced off at times pushing, shoving and spraying one another with pepper spray and insect repellent. The right-wing groups carried Confederate flags and wore military gear. Counter protesters wore Black Lives Matter attire, and both groups carried weapons. Read more.