With its management hailed protests against the racism, its quick action after the death of a black man this weekend, and the discourse poignant, the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, climbs in the early predictions to become the colistière of Joe Biden and, perhaps, the first vice-president of the afro-american in the United States.
But, in 50 years, the one that had said, about the death of George Floyd, “have suffered like a mother”, plays big on the management of the new crisis in Atlanta since the death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man shot dead by a white policeman in his city Friday.
And his lack of experience at the national level could also hamper his chances of being chosen as the colistière by the democratic candidate to the White House.
Joe Biden, 77 years old, has promised to appoint, by August, a woman to accompany him in the presidential election who oppose Donald Trump on 3 November.
In case of victory, she would become the first vice-president of the United States. And in the historical movement of angry anti-racist, the pressure has mounted that he will pick a candidate, african-american.
“It is really hard for me to put aside my own anger and sadness to tell our people what they need to hear, because in reality: what can we tell them?” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sunday evening, on CNN.
Not hesitating to show his emotions in an interview, the mayor of Atlanta, a city in the south that shows with pride its legacy to african-american and where a majority of residents are black, speak of the death of Rayshard Brooks.
On Saturday, it announced the resignation “immediate” of the responsible police said they did not think the fact that he had resisted arrest warrant, “the use of lethal force” and called for the dismissal immediately of the police officer who pulled the trigger.
On the same day, hundreds of people were protesting in the city, some burning down the restaurant in front of which he had been shot. A peaceful march was organised on Monday.
It was after the death of George Floyd, a black man asphyxiated by a white policeman on may 25 in Minneapolis, that Keisha Lance Bottoms has been catapultée to the peaks of the predictions on the possible colistières of Joe Biden.
While Atlanta, like other cities in the us, is broke out, she had improvised a speech striking to call the rioters to return home.
“First of all, I am a mother. The mother of four black children in America”, she had launched on may 29. “Then you’re not going to tell me that you’re more worried than me.”
“If you want to change America, go register to vote (…). You dishonor the life of George Floyd and all those who have been killed in this country.”
Mayor of Atlanta from 2018, a councillor from 2010 to 2018, after having been acting judge, Keisha Lance Bottoms has not the CV traditional colistiers – often the elected representatives of the american Congress or governors – which can boast of its rival nominees, as the senate Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, or the elected Congress Val Demings.
But she is close to Joe Biden and was one of the first mairesses of a large city to support it as early as June 2019.
Singer of soul recognized, who had played with the Beatles and Elton John, his father, Major Lance, was arrested at home for possession and sale of cocaine when she was eight years old.
She testified her pain to see him go in handcuffs. And explained that it was also for this reason that she supported Joe Biden, promises to eliminate “racial inequalities” of the judicial system.
It has also been noted for its management of the pandemic of the COVID-19, which is hitting the United States particularly African-americans, in opposition to the déconfinement launched by the republican governor of his State of Georgia as of the end of April.
“We are dying of the COVID-19. We die because of police brutality and the poverty and lack of access to a quality health system, and because of the unemployment,” she told the magazine Vanity Fair in June.
“Our communities say: “We want this to change now””.