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by G. Brown

Last week’s televised Democratic Presidential Candidates debate taught us one thing- in a pack this crowded, it’s hard to get a word in let alone stand out.  But candidate Kamala Harris managed to do just that when she called out former Vice President Joe Biden over racial issues like his opposition to school busing- a controversial law that gave countless Blacks(including herself) a chance at a better education.

The takedown of Biden boosted Kamala in the polls by as much as six points according to some news sites.  Kamala emerged from the first Dems head to head as the standout candidate. Now that she’s out in front of the pack, it, unfortunately, makes her an easy target.

Since her stellar performance at last week’s debate, Kamala has been the focus of a wave of attacks on her Blackness.

Junior-the current president’s son was among the first to lead the charge questioning the ancestry and identity of  Senator and Presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Trump Junior retweeted a post that basically said because Kamala’s parents are Jamaican and Indian she isn’t an African American–“Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves,” the tweet read. “She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.”

It’s a new spin on the old birther movement theory popularized by Trump Sr. against former President Barack Obama.   Junior’s post was quickly deleted but it was originally tweeted by an “alt-right” member. “Alt-right” as we all know is synonymous with White supremacist.

White supremacist circling the wagons full of robes, torches, and hate-spin are attacking Kamala from one side.  Biden supporters angry at how she checked their boy on national TV are attacking from the other side calling her comments “a low blow” against Joe.

Actually, those two attack groups are to be expected. What’s surprising is the third group attacking.  Many are joining the fray by saying Kamala isn’t Black enough not only because of her mixed heritage but because she’s married to a White man.

It’s bad enough when White people like Trump Junior and his alt right squad feel they have the right to tell you when you’re ‘Black enough’,  but Black people jumping on the bandwagon with supremacists and racist don’t have that right either.

To Junior and the alt-right member, the current President’s mother wasn’t born here either. Mary Trump was an immigrant-can we hashtag that and start a crazy theory.  If we’re going to go that route of actual natives of this land are the only viable candidates then somebody better get a Native American on the ticket fast.

And as for Blacks in a buzz about Harris being married to a White man, I yield the floor to Senator from New Jersey and the only other Black presidential candidate to sum it up best…

Kamala is caught between the races…she’s too Black for Whites who fear another Black person in the White House so they start a conspiracy to question her Blackness.  She’s not Black enough for Blacks because she married to a White man.

Harris isn’t running for Miss Black America she’s running for President of America…why does race even factor into this equation?  That question is purely rhetorical-we know race is a factor because racists fear another Black person getting close to that office.  Black people don’t have to support Kamala because she’s Black…that’s as bad as supporting a White candidate because he’s White.  But Black people shouldn’t join the pile on to use race against her in a race that has nothing to do with color and everything to do with representing people of every color and creed.

What do you think about targeting Harris because she’s married to a White man or because her Mom is Indian? Does it matter?  Do you think Kamala is trying to win the Black vote just because she’s Black?

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    IvanJ

    July 5, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Sorry but if your Black child were murdered by the police, Harris would not be on the side of your child.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 2, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Black women I have a question, in 2008 would you have supported Barack Obama if he was married to a white woman?

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    No reparations no black vote. It’s that simple.

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      The Reel Network

      July 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Hi NBA Whew! You had a lot to unload! I wanted to read through it all before responding. As usual, you’re not wrong in your observations and criticisms. Too bad Biden didn’t have you on his campaign team advisors to tell him to respond to Harris by bringing up her record as a prosecutor. That would have been a fair argument–but to go after as not being Black enough because she married outside her race is just crazy. At least your arguments not to support her seem based on her record, performance, and experience–that’s how you consider the right person for the job! Always look forward to hearing your thoughts comments NBA…take care.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    What do Kamala Harris, Halle Berry, Rashida Jones (Quincy Jones daughter) and Zoe Saldana have in common? They are bastard black women who will talk to black people only when it’s convenient for their careers. In other words, those four women go to great lengths to distance themselves from black people. One more statement, the four half breed black women I mentioned are married to white men. Coincidence or intent, you be the judge.

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      Slyfox

      July 8, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      Speak on it from facts! This will go over their heads!

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Fifty five years ago, Malcolm X warned us about the Democratic Party and Black Democrats. Look at his old clips on YouTube. Malcolm predicted the future.

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    Shawn

    July 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Who cares if Kamala Harris’ mother is Indian or that she’s married to a white man? As a Black American, she’s running for POTUS for God’s sake!

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      NBA is fixed

      July 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Kamala Harris is black, I’m not sure she is American. She did graduate from Howard, but she spent most of her teenage years in Canada.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    When Kamala Harris was the California State Attorney General, she built her career by putting back people in jail. She was too scared to file felony charges against white collar criminal banker Steve Mnuchin.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Here is what interesting about Kamala Harris. When she appeared on the radio show “The Breakfast Club,” she claimed she smoked weed when she was a student at Howard University (while listening to Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg). When Kamala Harris was the San Francisco District Attorney, she put black people in jail for smoking weed.

    PS: Kamala Harris attended Howard University in the 1980’s. She graduated in 1986.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Fact: Kamala Harris supported Joe Biden and Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill that put thousands of black people in prison for non violent convictions.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t care about busing. I don’t care about white children refusing to play with you because you have melanin in your skin. I care about Kamala Harris doing absolutely nothing about the racist white police officer who murdered Oscar Grant. I also care about Kamala Harris doing nothing about the LA County Sheriff’s cover up in regards to the mysterious death of Mitrice Richardson.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    During the Democratic Presidential Candidate debates their is a certain word that Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have not said and never will say. That word is reparations. Guess what family, former President Barack Obama/Barry Soetoro never said the word reparations.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    The real low blow is when Kamala Harris was the California State Attorney General, she put black women in jail because their children were absent from school. I’m not making this up.

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      Slyfox

      July 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Facts!

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Kamala the Ugandan Giant has a better chance at becoming the Democratic Presidential candidate than Kamala Harris.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 1, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    The only positive thing Kamala Harris has done for black people was have sex with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

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    N

    July 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Kamala Harris’ life and career is a combination of Rachael Dolezal and Superhead! Yeah I said it.

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      The Reel Network

      July 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      LOL…well, okay N

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        NBA is fixed

        July 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        Sorry, N is me. It was a typo.

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    marcus davis

    July 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Me personally i’m not too sure about her but that’s just me ,who she’s married to shouldn’t have any baring on her abilty and policies if she gets nominated.

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      The Reel Network

      July 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Marcus I’m in the same boat as you–not too sure on Harris or any of the candidates. We’ve just seen them all for the first time and some of those people we won’t see again, but this is the process–let’s listen to their ideas and then decide. I totally agree, she and her husband aren’t running-she is, so why is her husband a part of her candidacy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Marcus.

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    Jennifer A Thompson

    July 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Kamala Harris is running for president because she is qualified to do the job. Her blackness shouldn’t be an issue, but there are people who will support and vote on that aspect of her.

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      The Reel Network

      July 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Jennifer What you described are the responsible, thinking voters who will like yourself separate the nonsense from the need to know info. I don’t care if she’s married to Bullwinkle, but I do care about her views on health care, immigration, job creation etc. I may not agree with her position on everything, but muddying the water with “she’s not a true Black American” is nonsense. Thanks for taking the time to share your insight Jennifer.

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