By: Victor Trammell
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Democratic politician Kamala Harris (pictured) is currently in the elected position of junior U.S. Senator, which represents a Congressional district within the state of California.
The 54-year-old Harris is former lifetime U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s replacement. Before officially retiring, Boxer (D) served in the U.S. Senate for almost 25 years.
Harris’ usurping of Boxer’s position propelled her into the national spotlight. Immediately after she took over, word began circulating about Harris being a likely front runner in her party’s bid to retake the White House in 2020. The Democrats are still fumbling for leadership after a 2018 mid-term election that did not completely go their way.
Notable speculators of the national political arena prematurely called Harris the “female Obama.” On the Dr. King holiday of 2019, Harris formally announced her presidential bid. However, a flurry of harsh but necessary questions began flying in her direction when it came to Harris’ previous career as an elected state and local-level prosecutor.
Apparently unfazed, Harris is boldly shooting herself straight into the public foray despite her questionable credibility, particularly when it comes to how her previously adopted policies have adversely affected blacks in California’s criminal justice system.
Harris’ blatant and black voter-focused parade of political pandering has consisted of cheap and stereotypical antics. Blacks in America have unfortunately not grown weary of the disrespectful and overly used tactics politicians utilize to court them.
Case in point: On her presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton “whipped the Nae Nae” and blacks forgot she once called their poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged youths “super predators.”
According to Newsweek Magazine, Harris borrowed a page out of Mrs. Clinton’s playbook for political pimping. Late last month, her campaign communications director tweeted a video of the national politician in an office dancing to an infectious but mindless Cardi B rap tune while preparing for a speech.
While 15 to 25-year-old black women and girls in America’s ghettos draw inspiration from Cardi B’s rags-to-riches story, the vast majority of the serious black American voter base does not find the 50-plus-year-old’s campaign antics to be hip, funny, or even necessary.
In all fairness, the demographic Harris is attempting to reach with her cheap antics lacks historic “skin in the game of building political capital.”
The vast majority of American blacks who have voted historically for decades are much older than Cardi B, have paid big money into the U.S. tax system over time, and have witnessed historically relevant economic eras of black progress that came well before the Barack Obama era.
Nonetheless, Harris’ presidential parade of pandering through her own paradox continues. To further appease America’s rap-loving, urban-dwelling populace of part-time rookie voters, she recently jumped in the hot seat as a guest of the trio that hosts the Breakfast Club Morning Show on New York City’s Power 105.1 FM radio station.
During her interview with show hosts DJ Envy, Charlemagne the God, and Angela Yee, Harris was questioned about her feelings regarding critics who challenge her “blackness.”
“I’m Black, and I’m proud of being Black. I was born Black. I will die Black, and I’m not going to make excuses for anybody because they don’t understand,” Harris said in response to the question she was asked.
However, her mixed race heritage (which boasts South Asian and Jamaican descent) and status as a “woman of color” did not stop her from judicially butchering blacks in the prison system as a career prosecutor in California.
A series of notable newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, have published long, eye brow-raising, and detailed opinion editorials about Harris and what she did to under-served people as California’s Attorney General and as San Francisco, California’s district attorney.
Reading about the laundry list of demoralizing, reprehensible actions and inaction Harris took as a prosecutor is absolutely draining.
“Ms. Harris was criticized in 2010 for withholding information about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of “intentionally sabotaging” her work and stealing drugs from the lab,” wrote Lara Bazelon, a columnist for the Times.
Bazelon is also a well-respected law professor and she is the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, California.
“After a memo surfaced showing that Ms. Harris’s deputies knew about the technician’s wrongdoing and recent conviction, but failed to alert defense lawyers, a judge condemned Ms. Harris’s indifference to the systemic violation of the defendants’ constitutional rights,” Bazelon continued.
Police brutality, the culture of corruption inside the law enforcement community, and mass incarceration are issues that have collectively destroyed America’s black urban-dwelling community. Some of this state-sponsored destruction is literally beyond repair.
When it comes to fighting mass incarceration and judicial abuse, black community activists far and wide, as well as individuals who claim to be advocates of the black family need to speak loud and hold their bullhorns high. Black or half-black supporters of a criminal justice system that has destroyed black people should be granted no passes.
Seeing a political candidate listening to music that glorifies black debasement should be observed as a signal of alarm, not a form of endearment. Hitler definitely had Jewish ancestry. However, the world’s Jewish population does not give him a pass when explaining the horrors of the Holocaust.
Harris’ Jamaican ancestry should not give her a pass when blacks are admonishing the perpetrators of an American judicial Holocaust that has ravaged their past, present, and future.