Kamala Aunty: Twitter celebrates Kamala Harris’ historic win as first feminine, Black, and Indian VP

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Indian People not solely celebrated seeing somebody who “appeared like them” as vp and a job mannequin for future generations, they celebrated different electoral victories as properly, together with 4 Indian American Democrats being reelected into Congress. Along with Harris, these 4 Democratic Indian American lawmakers, together with Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, and Pramila Jaypal, have been dubbed the “Samosa Caucus.” (In case you don’t know, samosas are a scrumptious South Asian snack.)

However the celebrations and cutesy nicknames don’t finish there. Desi Twitter was at it with shoutouts to Kamala Aunty and her historic win all through this weekend, from sharing the significance of illustration to inside jokes.

Undecided if Harris is aware of methods to bhangra, but when she doesn’t, I’m open to giving classes. 

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In fact, somebody needed to deliver up the aggressive nature of success many South Asians have grown up listening to about.

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Let’s not neglect that badass sweatshirt that rapidly offered out: It learn “Vote For Aunty” with Harris depicted in Indian clothes.

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Who mentioned South Asian ladies can solely be docs, legal professionals, and engineers? Screw that stereotype. We could be and do something.

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The quantity of WhatsApp messages South Asian relations despatched have been breaking data. #IYKYK

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And the way might I not embrace this clip of Rep. Jayapal? I imply, take a look at her—she’s simply so cute. 

However whereas it’s to be celebrated that Harris is of Indian descent, it’s also important for South Asians to recollect her Black roots. With an Indian mom and Jamaican father, Harris is equally as Black as she is Indian. The South Asian neighborhood can’t erase half of her identification and rejoice just one. Confronting anti-black racism as a South Asian is of utmost significance. Anti-blackness lives within the roots of South Asian tradition. It manifests itself in our ideologies of magnificence and different traditions, typically subconsciously.

With out even realizing it, we as South Asians typically proceed a tradition of anti-blackness via traditions like making use of haldi to our faces, buying merchandise with bleaching traits, and habits like staying away from the solar. The concern of changing into dark-skinned is rooted in a tradition of anti-Blackness we too typically fail to acknowledge. 

Whereas accepting our shade, race, and tradition for what it’s, we must always not look down on others as a result of there are oppressive forces impacting them in methods that don’t impression us. South Asians typically embody the mannequin minority fable that’s constructed on the pillars of anti-blackness and thus profit from anti-blackness as a result of it permits us to not be the goal. We take part in it by condemning darkish pores and skin, and by permitting anti-blackness to proceed internally inside our communities. We aren’t succeeding by conforming to this mind-set however as a substitute failing ourselves by strengthening and empowering white supremacy. Unlearning these ideologies is crucial to development as a neighborhood, and whereas it can’t occur in a single day, it’s attainable.  

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Within the wake of the Black Lives Matter motion, the world has elevated its consideration to racism, and types too have taken to rebranding and eliminating merchandise that perpetuate anti-blackness. However this isn’t sufficient—we have to deal with these points at their roots and dismantle the racist ideology that “Black is lesser.” South Asians—particularly South Asian People—have quite a bit to thank Black movements for. The civil rights movement allowed Desi Americans to immigrate to the U.S. With out it, racially motivated insurance policies would nonetheless be in place. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (Hart-Celler Act), part of civil rights laws, allowed for immigration to be open for all Asian nations. We’re right here due to Black of us, and we should cease contemplating ourselves higher. 

Let’s rejoice Harris, not only for being Indian American however for being an American who identifies as each Black and Indian.