Kamala Harris Disavowed By Father Over 'Fraudulent' Jamaican Heritage Claim
2020 Dem's dad says family wishes to 'dissociate ourselves from this travesty'
Kamala Harris's father, Donald, has lashed out at his daughter's recent claims about smoking pot and her Jamaican heritage, saying his parents "must be turning in their grave."
Professor Donald Harris was speaking in response to comments made by his Democratic 2020 hopeful daughter during a radio interview on "The Breakfast Club" in which she claimed to have smoked pot in college because her family is from Jamaica.
Prof Harris described these comments as "fraudulent" and accused Senator Harris of alluding to a stereotype "in the pursuit of identity politics."
In a statement, Kamala Harris's Jamaican father said his family wishes "to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty."
“My dear departed grandmothers(whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), 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," Professor Donald Harris told Jamaica Global Online.
"Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
According to Fox News, Harris, D-Calif., told the nationally syndicated radio show "The Breakfast Club" earlier this month that she supports marijuana legalization at the federal level, and acknowledged that she's smoked pot in the past, saying: “I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale.”
The senator re-emphasized her use when asked by the hosts about rumors that she opposes marijuana legalization.
“That’s not true. Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it. Half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” Harris said, laughing.
The senator told the radio program: “We need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain” and said "measuring how marijuana impairs people who are driving needs to be addressed."
Harris supports a bill — introduced Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination — that would end the federal marijuana prohibition.
The same radio interview also grabbed headlines after the California Democrat further claimed she listened to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur when she smoked pot in college – but the West Coast rappers weren’t putting out music until years after she graduated.
According to Fox News, Harris was asked what music she listened to when she smoked a joint.
Charlamagne tha God bluntly asked, “What was you listening to when you was high? What was on? What song was on?”
Harris quickly responded, “Definitely Snoop, Tupac for sure.”
However, Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986 and was finished with law school by 1989.
She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.
Snoop Dogg’s debut album “Doggystyle” was released in 1993.
Snoop made music prior to his first album, appearing on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album “The Chronic” and the soundtrack of the 1992 film “Deep Cover,” but they were both released years after Harris finished school.
As for Tupac, his first album “2Pacalypse Now” was released in 1991.
The rap legend also recorded music as part of the group Digital Underground, but it was also released in the early 1990s after Harris finished school.
The radio hosts failed to check Harris on the inaccurate info and quickly pivoted to a discussion about current rapper Cardi B.
Harris’s office hasn't responded to requests for comment.