Kamala Harris

Voters View Multiracials

2020-10-09T21:06:39+00:00October 9th, 2020|

Kamala HarrisWikipedia   Psychology Today has published an article titled "How Voters Tend to Perceive Multiracial Individuals" by Jacqueline Chen PhD. It's certainly worth a read although I'm not sure there is much in it that we don't know. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/race-in-new-world/202010/how-voters-tend-perceive-multiracial-individuals

NBC Missed the Mark

2020-10-08T20:34:10+00:00October 8th, 2020|

NBC MISSED THE MARK Saloni Gajjar of NBC completely missed the concept of Kamala Harris being biracial when he wrote this: “Sen. Kamala Harris' facial expressions while Vice President Mike Pence was responding to questions about the administration's Covid-19 response during Wednesday's debate were a hit across social media. And Asian Twitter and Black Twitter put their own spin on it. Many joked that Harris, who's the first Black person and the first Indian American to appear on the vice presidential debate stage, was giving looks reminiscent of a disapproving [...]

The New York Times Tries Harder

2020-10-08T20:24:23+00:00October 8th, 2020|

THE NEW YORK TIMES TRIES HARDER The New York Times is still afraid of using the terms “biracial” and “multiracial. Readers of this blog know that Kwame Anthony Appiah and I usually see the world of reporting on race differently, but he even he is trying now or perhaps he just slipped up. He wrote: “By the cultural logic, or illogic, of race, Kamala Harris, like Barack Obama, counts both as biracial and as Black. Among major-party vice-presidential candidates, she qualifies as the first Asian-American, the first Indian-American, the first [...]

CNN TRIED

2020-10-08T16:34:07+00:00October 8th, 2020|

CNN has refused to call Kamala Harris multiracial. All their stories refer to her as Black and Asian American. Today, they tried something a little different: "Harris -- from a multi-racial, immigrant family from the liberal West Coast -- and Pence -- the white, male conservative, evangelical product of the heartland -- were an apt representation of the two Americas disputing the election and whose divergent paths and belief systems are at the root of the country's current political estrangement." Yes, they tried to use the term “multiracial” even though [...]

The Meaning of Articulate

2020-09-15T23:36:51+00:00September 8th, 2020|

Kamala HarrisWikipedia After Joe Biden announced that he had selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Bernie Sanders praised her in an interview on MSNBC: “I will tell you that Kamala is very smart, very aggressive,” he said. And then he delivered the inevitable, racialized compliment that makes many African-Americans cringe: “very articulate.” Just a few days earlier, on MSNBC, Steve Schmidt, the former Republican strategist, called Ms. Harris “a formidable political leader in this country,” adding: “She’s smart. She’s quick on her feet. She’s articulate.” I also cringe [...]

It’s Famous Friday!

2019-10-03T17:34:43+00:00October 3rd, 2019|

FAMOUS FRIDAY: Kamala Harris As a general rule, we here at Project RACE try to avoid Famous Friday stories on people we’ve featured before. But when we do, it’s because they deserve it! I last wrote about Kamala Harris nearly three years ago. My article began like this: “Most of the world was expecting November 8, 2016 to mark the election of the first female president of the United States.  It did not. Many believe, however, that it was the day when America met the woman who could “shatter that glass [...]

Kamala Harris is no Friend of the Multiracial Community

2019-06-29T14:58:15+00:00June 29th, 2019|

  I always liked Kamala Harris before she became a presidential contender. Now, I’m not so sure. Unless you were under a rock somewhere last week, you knew how she attacked former vice-president Joe Biden for his working with separatists during the busing years. Harris started the attack by stating, “As the only black person on this stage, I would like to speak on the issue of race.” Some people on social media then accused her of telling the story of busing as if she was a black American. She [...]

Is Kamala Harris Black?

2019-02-11T13:30:08+00:00February 11th, 2019|

  I like Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), but she disappointed me today. In a radio interview, Harris was asked about her “blackness.” Her parents were born in India and Jamaica, making her what we would call biracial or multiracial. She is, of course, very free to racially identify as she pleases and apparently she identifies as black. Absolutely fair enough. The problem I have is when she tries to represent everyone—and no, she’s not the president yet, so she doesn’t get to do that. She said, “I’m not going to [...]

Kamala Harris Update

2019-01-22T05:26:51+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, faced at least one question about her heritage on Monday. When a reporter, who noted she is both African-American and Indian-American, asked how she would describe herself, Harris replied: “How do I describe myself? I describe myself as a proud American. That’s how I describe myself.”

Here We Go Again

2019-01-21T06:38:41+00:00January 21st, 2019|

  Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her run for president today. Major news outlets such as The New York Times, AP and CNN all referred to her immediately as the first African American woman to run. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Harris is biracial. That she announced her intent on MLK Day is significant and shows that she has fought for human rights and equality. It does not indicate that she is black. I don’t know how Kamala Harris self-identifies racially and she [...]

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