Aug 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Black Lives Matter co-founder says Biden should pick a Black woman as VP

Alicia Garza speaking onstage in New York City in February.

Alicia Garza speaking onstage in New York City in February. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Audible

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matters, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday that Joe Biden should select a Black woman as his running mate because “Black voters are who essentially made Joe Biden the presumptive nominee."

What they're saying: Garza noted the VP on the Democratic ticket ought to be a "Black woman in particular and not just a woman of color." She did not give preference to a particular name on Biden’s shortlist, but said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is “very talented and qualified Black women."

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