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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

"I was born black. I will die black," Kamala Harris said

CNN:

In an interview with The Breakfast Club hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God that aired Monday, the show's hosts asked the California Democrat to address a series of derogatory memes that have circulated on social media. One of the hosts cited a meme that said Harris is "not African-American" because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and she spent her high school years in Canada.

"So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada," Harris responded with a laugh. "And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do."

"They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we're being played," Harris said.

"I think they don't understand who black people are," Harris replied. "I'm not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who black people are. Because right now, frankly, I'm focused on, for example, an initiative that I have that is called the 'LIFT Act' that is about lifting folks out of poverty," she said, detailing her plan for a $6,000 tax credit for middle class Americans.

"I'm black, and I'm proud of being black," she said at a later point in the interview. "I was born black. I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand."

read: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/11/politics/kamala-harris-prosecutor-breakfast-club/index.html


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bigtree Feb 11 OP
honest.abe Feb 11 #1
bigtree Feb 11 #2
IronLionZion Feb 11 #3
Amishman Feb 11 #4
LovingA2andMI Feb 11 #13
Catherine Vincent Feb 11 #20
question everything Feb 11 #5
bigtree Feb 11 #8
Kind of Blue Feb 11 #6
NCChomskyan Feb 11 #7
BumRushDaShow Feb 11 #9
yuiyoshida Feb 11 #10
JuJuYoshida Feb 11 #15
yuiyoshida Feb 11 #16
bigtree Feb 11 #17
yuiyoshida Feb 11 #18
SpankMe Feb 11 #11
LovingA2andMI Feb 11 #12
oasis Feb 11 #14
Thunderbeast Feb 11 #19

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:42 AM

1. I love her no-nonsense approach to issues.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:44 AM

2. she gets to the heart of matters

...in a very relatable way.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:45 PM

3. Nobody questions if the Trumps are sufficiently American


They reserve that kind of nonsense for black and brown people for some reason. They even use logical somersaults to claim being born in America doesn't count if black, and it's OK to be born somewhere else if both parents are US citizens at the time of birth, unless white like Trump. Trump fails the both parents test because it's about race.

Nixon chose Spiro Agnew as his VP partly because he was the child of Greek immigrants.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:47 PM

4. There is a Michael Jackson joke in this somewhere...

::ducks::

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Response to Amishman (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:30 PM

13. Did you miss the tag below instead of a :duck:?

Here, we fixed it for ya....



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Response to Amishman (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:41 PM

20. No there isn't. eom

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:50 PM

5. I think that both she and Obama

are not the "typical" black activists like Jackson, Sharpton Cummings, Lewis, Clyburn and others, who participated in the Civil Rights movement, whose parents and grandparents were slaves, who grew up at homes where these events were discussed with personal experience.

Which means that we should judge them by who they are, not what they are.

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Response to question everything (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:08 PM

8. both her mother and her father participated in the civil rights movement

...and undoubtedly instilled those values in Kamala.

Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was keenly attracted to the civil rights movement and the African American culture of her new home in the 1960s and 70s. At first, she marched and protested with her black husband, then alone or with the girls after they divorced when Harris was very young.

She brought her daughters home to India for visits, she cooked Indian food for them, and the girls often wore Indian jewelry. But Harris worshiped at an African American church, went to a preschool with posters of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman on the wall, attended civil rights marches in a stroller, and was bused with other black kids to an elementary school in a wealthier white neighborhood. When it was time for college, she moved across the country to Washington to attend the historically black Howard University.

Her Indian culture, she held on to that, said Sharon McGaffie, 67, an African American woman who has known Harris and her sister, Maya, since they were toddlers living in Berkeley, Calif. But I think they grew up as black children who are now black women. Theres no question about it....


"During my freshman year at Howard University, almost every weekend was spent at the Mall protesting apartheid and calling for divestment. Here I am with Gwen Whitfield. (November 1982)" (Courtesy of Kamala Harris)


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:51 PM

6. Best ending I've ever heard for that ridiculous question.

"...and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand." Stick it right back to them, I'm black and I'm proud. Deal with it.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:15 PM

9. The white "majority" very clearly defined who black people were

not only defacto but dejure - and it was continually pounded into heads all the way through into the '70s. Any deviation from following that ever-changing goal-post criteria by those "defined" could mean life or death and certainly often meant a loss of freedom.

Ironically Europeans who have come here are proudly "Irish American" or "Italian American" or "Polish American" and since the vast majority of black folk here have no clue as to what countries they descended from (given how many countries currently exist on the continent of Africa that were manufactured by European colonizers), then the ancestral nationality was obviously dropped in favor or a "racial" term or "continent-designation", because all people saw was the color of your skin regardless of where you came from.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:24 PM

10. I love this woman!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:38 PM

15. Same, she's getting my vote!

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Response to JuJuYoshida (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:55 PM

16. She wants to legalize Cannabis

for the entire nation!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:24 PM

17. her reasoning was refreshing

...where she spoke about "joy" and not just 'recreational use' when describing pot's benefits.

I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy, Kamala said.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:29 PM

18. Works for me :)

Yay!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:27 PM

11. Trump isn't white

He was born orange, and he'll die orange.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:28 PM

12. Yes, Kamala #SpeakYourTruth...

"I'm black, and I'm proud of being black," she said at a later point in the interview. "I was born black. I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand."


Check That!!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:30 PM

14. She's tough enough.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:35 PM

19. DAMN!

Her honesty is so refreshing. Harris is on my short list.

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