That’s what Kamala Harris, district attorney for San Francisco, warned newly minted graduates at San Francisco State University last year.
Her message: Ignore those people.
Harris said that when she decided to run for district attorney, people considered it a man’s job. No woman or person of color had ever been elected district attorney in San Francisco.
Her first poll put her at a wimpy 6%. “So I was told what you all have probably heard in your life, and that you will certainly hear in your future,” Harris said. “I was told that I should wait my turn. I was told that I should give up. I was told that I had no chance. Well, I didn’t listen.”
Bottom line: Don’t you listen, either.
—Adapted from “With Iraq War as a Backdrop, Speakers Reflect on the Future,” Alan Finder, The New York Times.