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Kamala Harris father condemns her using ‘stereotype’ in marijuana joke

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Sen. Kamala Harris’s father accused her of disgracing her family by using a “fraudulent stereotype” to say that she had obviously smoked marijuana because she is part-Jamaican.

Harris made the joke on The Breakfast Club radio show on February 11 when she was asked if she had ever smoked weed.

Harris’s joking response was: “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

She said that she smoked a joint in college. “And I did inhale,” she said, laughing. “I just broke news.”

Her father, Donald Harris, a former economics professor at Stanford University, criticized his daughter in a statement to the Jamaica Online News website.

“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,” he said.

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

Kamala Harris discussed the legalization of marijuana on radio show The Breakfast Club in February.
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Donald had previously written a piece for the outlet called “Reflections for a Jamaican Father,” in which he reflects on his family’s history and on Harris’s connections to Jamaica.

He wrote: “To this day, I continue to retain the deep social awareness and strong sense of identity which that grassroots Jamaican philosophy fed in me. As a father, I naturally sought to develop the same sensibility in my two daughters.”

“Born and bred in America, Kamala was the first in line to have it planted.”

Harris’s parents separated when she was young and decided to divorce a few years after that, according to Politico. Harris and her sister were raised by her mother, though their father remained in their lives, the site said.

Kamala Harris launched her 2020 bid with a rally in her hometown of Oakland, California, in January.
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Kamala, California’s former attorney general, stayed quiet on whether she supported the legalization of weed until late year, when California officially legalized recreational marijuana use and Harris co-sponsored a Senate bill to end the federal prohibition on the drug.

“Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do and it’s the right thing to do,” she tweeted in May 2018.

Harris’s campaign told Politico that it has no comment on her father’s statement.

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