During CNN’s town hall with California Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday night, moderator Jake Tapper asked her about making history as a Black woman. However, the always analyzing eyes of Twitter noticed Harris never referenced herself as a Black woman, only a woman of color. She did say, “My mother used to have a saying. She would say to me: ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.’”
Harris’ mother was Indian and her father was Jamaican. See the exchange below.
Exactly one week ago on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when Harris first announced she was running for president, the senator conducted her first press conference at Howard University. Harris was 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.”
While Harris did attend Howard University and she is a member of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, it is not clear for some if she identifies with being multiracial or “other.” However, CNN reminded readers that Harris wrote in her book, “My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters. She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women.”
One reason for the racial scrutiny Harris was receiving was because of her past record as the district attorney in San Francisco. Now that she has declared her presidential candidacy, allegations have resurfaced of her being a prosecutor who was the opposite of progressive and championing policies that disproportionately locked up Black people.
One of the first questions she faced during the town hall was about her prosecutorial past. Harris responded by insisting that “I’ve been consistent my whole career.”
She was also asked early on about the rise of racism and hate crimes that coincided with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and hs thrived under his presidency.
As a result, Twitter was seeking clarity on how Harris identifies. See below: