Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator and one of the top Democrats who is contesting for 2020 presidential run in the White House has been racially targeted online of her identity as “not an American-Black”, according to media reports.
The 54-year old, who was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who were both immigrants, has directly confronted critics before who have questioned her black heritage.
Harris, Senator from California, was the target of birtherism-like attack, the latest jabs to the racism faced by former President Barack Obama, CNN reported.
Several United States presidential candidates have condemned the attacks against her. The attacks began to flood Twitter on Thursday after Harris’ Democratic debate when she challenged former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on race. The attack got more impetus with President Donald Trump’s eldest son retweeting a post from right-wing commentator Ali Alexander.
“Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black,” Alexander had tweeted. “She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at #DemDebate2?” Trump Jr retweeted it, adding the comment: “Is this true? Wow.” He later deleted the tweet.
Harris, a former California attorney general, is the biracial daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother. She is one of only two black presidential candidates for 2020. “The presidential competitive field is stronger because Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American experience,” Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted. “Her first-generation story embodies the American dream.
President Donald Trump on Saturday, too, joined the bandwagon and claimed that Harris got “too much credit” for her debate performance, reported The Washington Post. “It wasn’t that outstanding,” Trump said at the end of a news conference in Japan where the president is attending the G20 summit. “He [Biden] was hit harder than he should have been hit.”