The daughter of an American-Indian woman recorded her mother’s reaction to the news that Kamala Harris was nominated as Joe Biden’s vice presidential candidate and it is beautiful.
If elected, Harris would be both the first Black and Indian-American woman on a major party's presidential ticket.
In a video clip posted on Wednesday by Perez Hilton that anyone would choke up while watching shows the daughter asking “What are you up to?” and then immediately revealing the news to her mother fully-clad in Joe Biden gear.
Her mom grabs her head and starts crying in what seems like shock and happiness.
They just announced it less than a minute ago!
Her mother continues to cry, seemingly unable to believe it, and her daughter cheers saying:
Woohoo, we did it!
“I kid you not she just wears this on a normal basis, you guys, a Kamala Harris pin as well,” says the daughter, referencing her mother’s outfit.
Harris, while known as a prominent Black American politician, has also embraced her Indian roots. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was born in Chennai, India and immigrated to the US to attend a doctoral program in California.
"It means 'lotus flower', which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flowers rising above the surface while the roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."
Harris’ mixed-race heritage has allowed her to connect across identities and reach multiple audiences.
In an interview with CNN in 2009, Harris said, "My mother was very proud of her Indian heritage and taught us, me and my sister Maya, to share in the pride about our culture. We used to go back to India every couple of years."
As her mother continues to process the news, the daughter in the video says: “Someone who looks like us on a presidential ticket, that’s crazy.”