Kamala Harris inspires young Black girls

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Young girls around the country are feeling inspired right now watching President-elect Joe Biden’s team prepare for inauguration.

Many because a key person on that team looks like them. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is making history. She’ll be the first Black-Asian American female VP.

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“I am very proud that we have actually made it this far,” says nine-year-old Karsyn Smith.

And by far Karsyn means all the way to the White House.

“I was like ‘yay, it’s finally happened!’,” says Karsyn.

She tells us how much it means seeing someone who shares her racial identity named vice president-elect.

“I think that it lets us know that we can accomplish the dreams that we have and we can do anything basically,” says Karsyn.

Karsyn wants to be an actress but she knows sometimes people of color don’t get the best representation on TV.

In addition to Harris’ victory, for the first time ever Black women wear the crowns of all the top pageants.

“It lets me know that I could be the first Black girl or woman to play something that is normally portrayed by a different ethnicity,” says Karsyn about acting.

Kamala Harris as VP-elect also gives 13-year-old Ryli Patton hope and excitement.

“Like a lot of excitement because just to know the black community is now being heard,” says Ryli.

It gives her hope she can become a lawyer or educator someday. She’s currently a WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Leader at EJ Hayes Middle School.

“It was very impactful because it’s like showing you don’t always have to be a certain race or gender to be so high in office or anywhere in America,” says Ryli.

She hopes to see change with Harris in office.

“I really hope that we get to understand African-American people more because some African-American people are really underestimated,” says Ryli.

Harris knows her impact and you can hear it in her victory speech.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” said Harris in her speech.

And that is exactly what these two little girls learned.

“I’m gonna be like Barack and I quote, ‘yes we can!’,” laughs Karsyn.

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Christy Bollinger joined the ABC 36 news team as a reporter in March 2018. Christy comes from a little western Kentucky town called Cadiz. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2017 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Criminology. Christy is thrilled to be working at her dream job in her home state. She is passionate about storytelling and you can see her weekdays on ABC 36 News at 5 and 6 p.m. She's covered everything from visits from the sitting president and vice president, to high-profile murder cases. When not chasing stories, Christy loves nothing more than being at the beach and says life is just better with sand between your toes and waves crashing at your feet. She is also a big animal lover. She's a fur momma and her mini-Australian Shepherd, Milly, standard Australian Shepherd, Bennie, and her Maine Coon, Cheeto, are the loves of her life. Christy encourages you to send her any story ideas you may have. Find her on Facebook at Christy Bollinger ABC 36, tweet her @ChristyB_news, or email her at CBollinger@wtvq.com.