• Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Here’s why Kamala Harris was booed at a basketball game in Iowa

US vice president Kamala Harris looks on as Howard Bison face Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 16, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa, US. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

US vice president Kamala Harris on Thursday (16) was showered with boos but not in a political arena. The Democratic leader, who is the first woman to become the No.2 in the White House, had the experience while watching an NCAA tournament game where her alma mater Howard University was beaten in a first-round March Madness encounter by Kansas Jayhawks.

According to Associated Press, the boos aimed at Harris became louder when she was shown on the video board during the men’s basketball match. The incident happened inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines in Iowa. Harris was accompanied by her husband Douglas Emhoff.

The Jayhawks drubbed the Howard Bison representing the university from which Harris graduated in 1986 by a scoreline of 96-68.

Harris went to the Bison’s locker room after the game and encouraged the players for their efforts.

“You guys are so good, you guys are so good,” the vice president said as she met the players and applauded them.

“You played hard, you played to the very last second, you made all us Bisons so, so proud,” New York Post reported.

“You are smart. You are disciplined. You put everything you had into the game,” Harris, whose mother was an Indian, was quoted as saying.

“And you know that’s what it’s about, right. Until the last minute, you guys did that, you didn’t stop until the last second, you did not stop, and that is so inspiring. So you keep playing with chin up and shoulders back because you showed the world who Bison are.”

Howard, a historically black university in Washington DC, made its first trip to the men’s NCAA tournament since 1992 before their loss on Thursday.

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