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Kamala Harris’s Father Criticizes His Daughter for Using Stereotype of Jamaicans Smoking Marijuana

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Senator and 2020 Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris recently made headlines for admitting to smoking marijuana when she was younger. In her admission, she jokingly said, Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” And apparently some of her own family was upset by the remark.

Donald Harris, Kamala’s father and a former professor at Stanford University, released a statement criticizing his daughter for her remark about Jamaica. He said the remark is a negative stereotype of Jamaican people that he says offends himself and members of his family.

My dear departed grandmother…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,” he said.

Now, this seems like a somewhat overreaction to a small joke made by Senator Harris. Especially since there are cultural and religious ties between Jamaican people and cannabis, even if the stereotype of every Jamaican being a stoner has become a little too prevalent.

It’s also not entirely clear what kind of relationship the Senator has to her father. Her parents separated and divorced when she was young, and Harris’ mother had full custody of the future presidential candidate. Harris often cites her mother as a major influence in shaping her, but rarely discusses her relationship with her father. So there may be some personal reasons for Donald Harris to speak out against his daughter. 

(h/​t Washington Times)

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