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Yesterday, on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Sen. Kamala Harris announcing she was running for president. She conducted her first press conference at Howard University and joined the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Harris was asked a variety of questions, but asked about how she identifies, she simply said a “proud America.”

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A reporter asked, “You’re an African-American woman, but you are also Indian American. How do you describe yourself?”

Harris succinctly responded with, “How do I describe myself? I describe myself as a proud American,” she said.  See below, the questions stats at the 11:50 mark:

Sen. Harris broke the Internet yesterday when she announced she was running. She told “Good Morning America” about about announcing on MLK Day, “The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals. So today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him.”

While many people are excited about Harris’ run, there are questions about her rough history as it relates to criminal justice. As Attorney General of California she was a huge advocate of truancy laws that charged parents a fee for their children being truant and locking the parent up if they could not pay the fee. A Medium.com article from June ripped into Harris, “Kamala Harris’ career was built on both the slave labor of black and brown prisoners and also the pettiness of truancy laws that separated poor and mostly black mothers from their children. Harris was so proud of her history with taking mothers from their children that she used it as her signature campaign agenda while running for AG.”

She was also vague on marijuana legalization, which she supports now, and reportedly advocated for California horrific three-strikes law.

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