Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington August 24, 2013 (REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan).
Over the past few weeks, Kamala Harris’ Blackness has come into question through renewed birtherism, attacks that echo the experiences of former president Barack Obama. Born to a Tamil Indian mother and Jamaican father, some have argued that although she makes attempts to align with Black voters by highlighting a hint of Blackness, Harris’ work as a prosecutor has undermined her allegiance to Black Americans. As many of her critics point out, she has been complicit in the destruction of Black communities through the policies she supported. However, those in support of Harris have argued that her Blackness is solidified in the fact that she attended Howard University, a historically Black college (HBCU)…
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