Kamala Harris is not Black Enough for Some Americans

She is not Indian Enough for some Indians

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She [Sen. Harris] delivered her ebullient remarks with a charming smile on the day she was introduced as the VP pick, but her tone was more prosecutorial. She has a biography that will resonate with many immigrant and African-American families. I wish on Wednesday evening when she delivers her acceptance speech, she would make it more personable with anecdotes from her life as a black child of immigrants.

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“There’s another woman, whose name isn’t known, whose story isn’t shared. Another woman whose shoulders I stand on. And that’s my mother — Shyamala Gopalan Harris. She came here from India at age 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer. At the University of California Berkeley, she met my father, Donald Harris, who had come from Jamaica to study economics…In the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, I got a stroller’s eye view of people getting into what the great John Lewis called “good trouble.” When I was five, my parents split and my mother raised us mostly on her own. Like so many mothers, she worked around the clock to make it work — packing lunches before we woke up — and paying bills after we went to bed. Helping us with homework at the kitchen table — and shuttling us to church for choir practice…She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage.”

“She taught us to put family first — the family you’re born into and the family you choose. Family is my husband Doug, who I met on a blind date set up by my best friend. Family is our beautiful children, Cole and Ella, who as you just heard, call me Momala. Family is my sister…Family is my uncles, my aunts, and my chithis…Family is my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha …and my H.B.C.U. brothers and sisters…Family is the friends I turned to when my mother — the most important person in my life — passed away from cancer…And even as she taught us to keep our family at the center of our world, she also pushed us to see a world beyond ourselves.”

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Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. chemist with an M.B.A. | Enrolled Agent | Writes on science | economy | taxes | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19