Donald Harris, the father of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), revealed that his presidential hopeful daughter is descended from Jamaican plantation slave owners.
What did he say?
Donald Harris, an economics professor at Stanford University, is Jamaican. In an essay published on Jamaica Global Online, he revealed his family's history.
An excerpt of the essay, which was titled, "Reflections of a Jamaican Father," stated:
My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown's Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me). The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural 'produce' exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown's Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolyte).
This isn't the first time professor Harris has offered up less-than-flattering family information.
Earlier in February, he decried his Kamala's remarks about legalizing marijuana, during which she painted her family and those from Jamaica as potheads.
Kamala discussed marijuana legalization on the radio show, "The Breakfast Club." When asked if she supported marijuana legalization, she responded, "Half my family's from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?"
She added that marijuana brings people joy, "and we need more joy in the world."
Donald Harris issued a blistering statement to Jamaica Global Online, distancing himself and his family from Kamala's remarks.
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 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. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.
You can read more about the family's Jamaican background here.