Kamala Harris Has a Problem

Vice-President Kamala Harris is the daughter of two immigrants, one from India and one from Jamaica, yet she cannot seem to racially identify as Multiracial. She went to Nevada to launch the reelection’s outreach campaign to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and addressed the crowd as “longtime friends.”

Then, she was in Dallas last week to speak at the annual gathering of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Black sorority that she pledged as a student at Howard University, one of the most storied historically Black colleges in the country. She conveyed to her fellow “sorors” — sorority sisters — about the stakes of November’s election.

Harris is third-party identified as the nation’s first female vice president as well as the first Black woman and person of Asian descent to hold the role. This is usually done by journalists. But she needs to stop being ambiguous about her racial and ethnic identity and take a stand for Multiracial identity.