Sen. Kamala Harris’ 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,according to the news website Jamaica Global Online.
Harris was asked on the radio show “The Breakfast Club” on February 11 whether she had ever smoked weed. She jokingly responded, “Half my family’s from Jamaica – are you kidding me?”
Her father, Donald Harris, a professor emeritus of economics at Stanford University, criticised his daughter in a statement to Jamaica Global Online last week.
“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.”