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?