Sen. Kamala Harris made news last week when it appeared she lied on “The Breakfast Club” when talking about the music she listened to when she was smoking weed in college. However, DJ Envy, Charlamagne and Anglea Yee said that was misinformation. That said, her father appears to be upset at the marijuana comments but for different reasons.
When asked about opposing marijuana legalization, Harris said that is not true and that she supports it, adding the joke, “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” See below:
According to Harris’ father, Professor Donald Harris, he was upset about the comment and reportedly told JamaicaGlobalOnline.com, “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’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. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
The interview also caused controversy when Harris was asked if she smoked weed in the past. “I have,” she answered. “And I inhaled. I did inhale.” She confirmed she got high while in college. When asked the music she listens to she responded with, “Definitely Snoop, 2Pac for sure.” But Charlamagne also asked what she listened to when she smoked marijuana, therefore, people interpreted the Snoop and 2Pac reference was to her time in college. Again, “The Breakfast Club” said that was a misinterpretation.
Social media had a field day and #KamalaHarrisRapGenius went viral. See the interview below:
While many 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.”
In “The Breakfast Club” interview, Harris didn’t specifically address reportedly advocating for California’s horrific three-strikes law but she stood by truancy laws.