The father of Kamala Harris has publicly objected to his daughter’s comments about her Jamaican heritage and smoking pot, the Federalist Papers reported. The 2020 presidential candidate’s comments were made on a February radio show, and were later countered by her father Donald on Jamaican Global Online, where he is a contributor.
After the radio host questioned her support for legalizing marijuana, Harris said, “That’s not true. And look I joke about it, half joking — half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?”
Her economics professor father took issue with her stereotyping of Jamaicans as pot-smokers. “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 name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” Donald Harris wrote.
“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” he said. He has refused further comment on the matter.
Harris has presented herself as a descendent of slaves in debates and press comments. She is actually half-Indian and half-Jamaican, with her Jamaican ancestors having been slave-holders.
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