US Presidential candidate Kamala Harris attacked over Jamaican, Indian roots


United States Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign has pushed back against online attacks about her race, comparing the latest jabs to racism faced by former President Barack Obama, as fellow 2020 candidates rallied to her defence.

During last Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, Harris broke out from the other nine Democrats on stage, calling on her personal experiences of racial injustice as a black woman.“As the only black person on this stage, I would like to speak on the issue of race,” Harris said. She spoke of her experience growing up black, recalling a story about neighbours who wouldn’t let their children play with Harris and her sister because of the colour of their skin.

That’s when she was attacked on Twitter by a conservative provocateur for not being an “American black”. “She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” Ali Alexander wrote.

“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.” Donald Trump Jr – the president’s eldest son – retweeted to his millions of followers the Harris critic who took issue with her identity. “Is this true? Wow,” Trump Jr commented as he shared the tweet. He has since deleted the tweet and a spokesman for President Donald Trump’s son told The New York Times that it was a misunderstanding.(Jamaica Gleaner)…[+]