October 18, 2021

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Senate | Kamala Harris represents the issue of replacement diversity

Senate |  Kamala Harris represents the issue of replacement diversity

(Sacramento) Should California elect its first Latin American senator, or should it have an African American representative?


Kathleen Ronaine
Associated Press

The decision must be made by state Governor Gavin Newsom, who must elect a replacement for Vice President-designate Kamala Harris until her term ends in the Senate in 2022.

The fact that the decision was left in the hands of the governor has left some experts frustrated with the lack of racial diversity in the Senate and the weakness of the two political parties on the issue.

Photo by Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California with Kamala Harris during a visit to the Creek Fire site in Aubrey on September 15.

“It simply came to our notice then. This is not good for our democracy and it hides all the exceptions that both factions have experienced in the history of the Senate, ”said the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative Director at the University of California, Los Angeles. Angels, Sonja Diaz.

If we exclude MTo me Harris is the only African-American woman in the Senate, with two black senators representing ethnic minorities, two women senators of Asian descent, and four elected officials of Hispanic descent.

These figures represent 9% of elected Senate officials, while 40% of the American population is identified as an ethnic minority. In California, about 40% of the population is Hispanic and 6% of the population is black.

It is believed that the high representation of whites in the Senate is caused by a shortage of different candidates in the United States election, but by a lower proportion of candidates elected on the ballot. Last November, a record number of African-American candidates ran for the Senate elections in the southern states, but no one was elected.

So Governor NewSom is under pressure, “but he’s not the only one resolving diversity issues in the Senate,” said California spokeswoman Karen Boss. Written by M.To me Harris.

Also in the running are Barbara Lee of the Republic of Oakland, an African-American, Mexican-born California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Peruvian-born Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Can replace MTo me Harris in the Senate to represent California.

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