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July 20, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris forced to defend her ‘blackness’ against critics who question her heritage

February 13, 2019
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris defended her heritage and her prosecutorial background during an interview Monday. (Tony Avelar / AP)

Sen. Kamala Harris isn’t fazed by online trolls questioning her heritage.

The California Democrat, one of the early candidates for President in 2020, pushed back against critics, including a specific meme that says she’s not black because her parents were immigrants and she grew up in Canada.


“So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada,” Harris said on “The Breakfast Club” radio show Monday.

“And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do.”

Harris, who didn’t specifically call out President Trump and his ongoing birther conspiracy theory against former President Obama, said people are “trying to sow hate and division.”

“I think they don’t understand who black people are. I’m not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who black people are,” Harris said.

“I’m black, and I’m proud of being black. I was born black. I will die black, and I’m not going to make excuses for anybody because they don’t understand.”

“Breakfast Club” hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God also grilled Harris on her background as a prosecutor and former California state attorney general, and pressed her on decisions she’d made that “hurt black people.”

“If I had been there longer, if I had had more in terms of bandwidth, I would have done more around creating initiatives, for example, in the juvenile justice system,” she said, while touting her attempts to end the cash bail system. “That was something that was always on my agenda to focus on, and I didn’t get around to that.”

The senator also insisted she supports the legalization of marijuana, which she said she has some experience with herself.

“Half my family’s from Jamaica,” she said. “Are you kidding me?”

Harris faces an already crowded Democratic field for 2020, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Tulsi Gabbard.

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