Throughout Thursday’s second night of Democratic presidential debates, California Senator Kamala Harris relayed her experiences of being a Black girl, one thing no different candidate for the 2020 ticket can do.
“As the one Black particular person on this stage, I wish to converse on the difficulty of race,” she mentioned. Harris’ breakout efficiency on the talk stage additionally included a spar with frontrunner Joe Biden, who she mentioned was against bussing to assist desegregate faculties within the 1970s.
The controversy hadn’t even concluded earlier than a racist wave of birtherism hit social media and made its technique to Trump’s household. A consumer named Ali Alexander accused Kamala Harris, who was born to a father from Jamaica and a mom from India, of not being an “American Black.”
“She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” Alexander wrote. “I am so sick of individuals robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our historical past. It is disgusting. Now utilizing it for debate time at #DemDebate2? These are my individuals not her individuals. Freaking disgusting.”
Alexander’s assertion was picked up by Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted to his three.6 million followers: “Is that this true? Wow.” The tweet would later be deleted however not earlier than it had made its rounds via the birther Twitterverse.
Kamala Harris’ staff has since denounced the remark as racist. “This is similar sort of racist assaults his father used to assault Barack Obama,” a spokesperson for Harris advised The Day by day Beast. “It didn’t work then and it received’t work now.”
A spokesman for Don Jr. claims he despatched the tweet as a result of he had not identified that Harris’s mom was Indian.
“Don’s tweet was merely him asking if it’s true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian as a result of it’s not one thing he had ever heard earlier than and as soon as he noticed that people had been misconstruing the intent of his tweet he shortly deleted it,” the spokesman mentioned.
The racist questions on Kamala Harris and her upbringing are proper out of the birtherism playbook that was initially used to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency throughout his administration. Donald Trump turned the most important perpetuation of the false narrative that the 44th president wasn’t truly born in america. He would finally be confirmed unsuitable as Obama later shared his delivery certificates publicly, which confirmed he was certainly born in Hawaii.