Kamala Harris – Qualified or Unqualified?



Cheyenne Singleton, Publicist

Kamala Harris seems to be a very controversial name these days, considering that many consider her either a threat or an insult. Her qualification to run for President in the next upcoming election seems to be up in the air recently. Many say she’s highly qualified, while many argue that she is highly unqualified.

Why might these two views differ so drastically from one another? Well, perhaps it depends on who’s answering this question, but we won’t get into that right now. Let’s go over her credentials and leave it for you to concoct your own answer to this question. Kamala Harris is “the junior United States Senator for California since 2017, and she previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.” She has attended “UC Hastings College of the Law (1989), Howard University (1986), [and] Westmount High School,” which are all highly respected schools.

Even though Kamala Harris was a prosecutor in the past, and many can say her past titles qualify her to run for president, the New York Times claims she hasn’t been very effective. “Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent.” This leads to some distrust and curiosity as to who she really is, raising questions such as: If she really was a criminal justice prosecutor, why didn’t she embrace some criminal justice reform? What was reform was being contemplated? In order to answer these, one must conduct research on their own from a variety of sources and arrive at their own conclusions.

These are all elements and questions that make Kamala Harris a well-debated name today. When considering her at qualifications, a flurry of questions often arise, including: What does President Trump have over Kamala Harris? Why is there such a major disconnect in opinions towards Kamala Harris?  Would this be a smart move for our nation? Even though she is an advocate for the Democrat party, this should not automatically disqualify her.

There are more than 1,000 ways of interpreting this information and more than two emotions one can feel towards a person so keep your ears, eyes, and hearts open – all are needed to be a part of a well-functioning society.