Harris’ father, Stanford economist, condemned her identity politics as ‘travesty’
Kamala Harris may have her father’s vote, but she doesn’t have her father’s blessing for the identity politics that she’s played to become Joe Biden’s pick as Vice President on the Democrat ticket in the fall.
A year ago, Harris’ father, Donald, who is a Professor Emeritus of economics at Stanford, made a public statement condemning her daughter for representing herself—and thus her family– as a stereotypical pot-smoking Jamaican.
Harris’s father, now an American citizen, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s and claims his descendants were slaveholders.
He told Jamaica Global Online:
“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website [Editor’s note: This essay has been removed, but there is an archived copy linked below]), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
Harris, the daughter, was appearing on the syndicated radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.
“She giggled. And giggled. And giggled some more,” writes Bonnie McGrath at Chicago’s progressive news outlet, Chicago Now. “All the giggling got under my skin. As did the phony accent she drifted in and out of during the interview to make herself more ‘black’ for the listeners.”
She said that she had tried pot a long time ago, riffing on Bill Clinton’s claim of “not inhaling” by saying she inhaled.
“Half my family’s from Jamaica; are you kidding me?” she said according to Chicago Now, thus earning a rebuke from her father.
Harris has gotten the nod as the Veep selection, ironically, because Democrats agreed this year that they had to pick someone that was both Black and female, the very type of identity politics that her father condemns.
In fact, Black really isn’t an adequate way to describe Harris who has previously self-identified simply as American.
Her family from Jamaica is both Black and avowedly white, say Professor Harris. Her mother, who passed away in 2009, was from India.
Harris’ father doesn’t disavow that racial identity doesn’t help shape who he was. But he says more important were the characters who raised him.
“My one big regret is that [my daughters] did not come to know very well the two most influential women in my life: “Miss Chrishy” and “Miss Iris” (as everybody called them). This is, in many ways, a story about these women and the heritage they gave us.”
Whatever heritage that is, someone is anxious to delete it, because, in addition to taking down the Harris essay regarding his ancestry on Jamaica Globe Online, Wikipedia is considering deleting the entry for Professor Harris according to the encyclopedic website.
Or maybe it’s Professor Harris trying to delete it, anxious to disassociate himself from another travesty of identity politics as his daughter runs for vice president as simply a Black female, and not the proud granddaughter of Miss Chrishy and Miss Iris.
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