Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris is in favor of reparations for descendents of slaves. Unfortunately, for Harris, an essay written by her father, Donald Harris, a Stanford economics professor, sheds a new light on Harris’ heritage that makes her fight for reparations ring a bit hollow.
It turns out that Harris’ father Donald Harris made a startling admission in an essay he wrote entitled “Reflections of a Jamaican Father” which was published at Jamaica Global Online:
“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me). The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural ‘produce’ exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown’s Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolyte).”
Biz Pac Review reports -In a recent statement to Jamaica Global Online, the senator’s Jamaican father also slammed her for having recently used identity politics to push back against false rumors that she opposes marijuana legalization.
She essentially suggested that a person such as her who possesses Jamaican heritage would never be against marijuana legalization because every Jamaican is a pot-smoking hipster doofus.
“My dear departed grandmothers … 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 stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” the senator’s father said.
“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
The stern public rebuke by Harris’s father happened days after she spoke about her prior marijuana use during an interview on “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated urban radio show.
When host Charlamagne Tha God asked her to address the rumors, she replied, “That’s not true. Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it. Half my family is from Jamaica — are you kidding me?”
That she supports the legalization of marijuana is not a big deal, given as polls show a majority of Americans feel similarly. Nor is it that newsworthy that she once smoked pot. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton have all directly or tacitly made the same admission.
What is concerning, or at least has been to her father, is that she tried to defend her mainstream views on marijuana by linking them to her Jamaican ancestry. Jamaica Global Online, the news purveyor that obtained his statement, noted that her father is not wrong to feel troubled.