On Thursday, June 27th, during the Democratic presidential debate, Harris made a statement that pushed her to the top of the news headlines. She had said that she was the only African American woman on stage that day.
Since then though, the backlash has come majorly from social media and several White Republicans, who are questioning her race.
The 54-year-old Harris was born in Oakland, California to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. In a tweet after the debate, a user on twitter with the name Ali Alexander said that Harris was not an “American Black”.
He continued by saying that “She is half Indian and half Jamaican I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at #DemDebate2? These are my people, not her people. Freaking disgusting.”
Ali Alexander’s tweet was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr. with the caption “Is this true. Wow”. The retweet was later deleted by Trump Jr., but he was not the only one with questions concerning Harris’ ethnic origins.
Earlier on in the year, in January, Jacob Wohl, a Republican had claimed that Harris’ parents were not from the United States and was therefore not eligible to run for election.
However, he conveniently forgot to mention that Harris was born in California, and therefore has the legal right to run for president.
The Daily Beast reports that a spokesperson for Harris has drawn a parallel between Trump Jr.’s retweet, and attacks by his father on Barack Obama. “This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”
Kamala Davis Harris is experienced in politics and should be a good contender for the main candidate of the Democratic Party.
She is an American lawyer and politician, and currently holds the position of a junior United States Senator, since 2017, in the state of California.
From 2004 to 2011, she served as the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco and then went ahead to become the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.
Harris holds such an outstanding resume and is seen as a strong force in the Democratic party.
She identifies as Indian and Black. She is proud to have both ancestries. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, migrated from Madras, India, to the United States in 1960, for studies at the University of California. Her mother was a Tamil Indian and later became a breast-cancer scientist.
Harris’s father on the hand was a pure black man from Jamaica. He father is a Stanford University economics professor, named Donald Harris. He also moved to the Unites States in 1961, for graduate studies at the UC Berkeley.