Perhaps you recall Senator Kamala Harris’ interview on NYC radio show “The Breakfast Club” last week? The one where the presidential candidate captured headlines when she answered host Charlamagne Tha God’s question about whether she supported legalization by reminding everyone that half her family is from Jamaica. “Are you kidding me?” Harris laughed, amused at the prospect of never having smoked marijuana, even as an ex-California attorney general. “Listen, I think [it] gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy.”
Turns out, her Jamaican father didn’t feel all that happy upon hearing of her remarks.
Donald J. Harris, a Stanford University emeritus professor of economics, wrote to a site for which he had recently penned an essay outlining the steps he took to instill pride of her Jamaican heritage in Kamala, in order to express displeasure with the implications of what she shared about her family.
“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), 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