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Look at the Democrats’ Rush to Defend Harris on Her Heritage

Op-ed: It's curious the senator feels more comfortable as black-American than Indian-American or Jamaican-American

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The Democrat 2020 candidates are rushing to defend Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (shown above right, beside Sen. Cory Booker of N.J.) — because if they don’t, the media will call them out for it, thus putting them on the defense when they would rather try reaching more voters.

Left-wing websites are calling individuals who share information about Harris’ birthplace and heritage “bots.”

That’s right. People who are sharing information are apparently being targeted as fake programs trying to bring down a candidate.

Information on the internet claims that Harris was born in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father, so that makes her an American by birth, even if her parents were not American.

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However, this writer thought it was funny watching these candidates feel forced to comment on this now — or be forced to answer it later.

“The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it’s within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted.

“The coordinated smear campaign on Senator @KamalaHarris is racist and vile. The Trump family is peddling birtherism again and it’s incumbent on all of us to speak out against it,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said, referring to the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.

“The same forces of hatred rooted in ‘birtherism’ that questioned @BarackObama’s American citizenship, and even his racial identity, are now being used against Senator @KamalaHarris. It’s disgusting and we have to call it out when we see it. Racism has no place in America,” former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted.

“There’s a long history of black Americans being told they don’t belong — and millions are kept down and shut out to this day. @KamalaHarris is an American. Period. And all of us must call out attempts to question her identity for what they are: racist,” former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) tweeted.

“The attack on @KamalaHarris is racist and we can’t allow it to go unchecked. We have a responsibility to call out this birtherism and the continued spread of misinformation,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said.

[email protected] doesn’t have [s***] to prove,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of only three black candidates in the presidential race.

And Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who has sought to curb the influence of Russia on social media, said in part, “We are better than this (Russia is not) and stand united against this type of vile behavior.”

A lot of left-wing websites are trying to claim that those who are alerting the American public to the California senator’s birth heritage are bots and part of a far-Right smear campaign, meant to bring down Harris because she is a “black woman.”

“A lot of suspect accounts are pushing the ‘Kamala Harris is not black’ narrative tonight. It’s everywhere and it has all the signs of being a coordinated/artificial operation,” social media researcher Caroline Orr tweeted after the debate.

Recently I read some biographical information about Harris. Her parents divorced when she was seven. She was raised by her Indian-immigrant mother as a Hindu.

Her father — similar to the situation with the last U.S. president — had a very small role in her life.

So while it’s true that for a period she lived in a predominantly black neighborhood, she also moved to Montreal and graduated from high school there. Canada has a much smaller black population than the U.S.

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Culturally, she grew up much more Indian than African or Jamaican, until such time as her father’s race got her into Howard, as I see it.

None of this, of course, makes her non-American or disqualifies her for anything in this country.

It’s just curious to me that she feels much more comfortable in her party as black-American rather than as Indian-American or Jamaican-American.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF from 1987-1995; he saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. The father of three, he's the host of "The Wayne Dupree Show."

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