For someone running for the president of the U.S. on a politically correct identity politics ticket, it sure doesn’t look good when you gratuitously throw out a negative stereotype of anyone. If you’re shameless enough, not a problem. But when your own dad calls you out, yes, there is a problem.
The blowback is here for Kamala Harris, who in a bid to pander to the pot vote, promoted the scuzzy stereotype of Jamaica as the pothead nation.
Much of the attention from her disastrous interview with ‘Charlemagne tha God’ on a Bay Area radio station rightly went to her strange timeline of pot smoking, answering the question of who she listened to when she got high, from Charlamagne tha God and his sidekick, DJEnvy, after she confirmed she smoked pot in college.
Her giggling Cheech-and-Chong-like response was this:
HARRIS: And look, I joke about it — half-joking — half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?
That didn’t go down well with Harris’s father, Stanford University Professor Emeritus Donald Harris, 81, a Jamaican-American who, unlike her, has actually accomplished something.
I knew this was going to happen. In a devastating article published in MacLean’s, the leading Canadian news magazine, the retired professor of economics told a Jamaican news wire that Harris’s stereotyping of Jamaicans as potheads – and pursuit of identity politics – was as distasteful as hell.