Boy, I wasn’t kidding when I said Kamala Harris is the Tinted Hillary.
Just like Mrs. Clinton, Kamala wants blacks to think she is down with the struggle. But instead of telling them about the hot sauce in her purse, she pretends to be a pot-smoking, rap-listening girl from the ‘hood.
Spoiler alert: she’s not.
As Daniel Greenfield points out in his column “Kamala Harris’ Political Blackface Routine” at Front Page Magazine:
Her mother was an internationally famous cancer researcher and the daughter of P.V. Gopalan, a high-ranking Indian diplomat from the Brahmin caste. Her father was a professor of economics at Stanford who served as an adviser to multiple Jamaican prime ministers.
As a Los Angeles Times article described her, she was the “privileged child of foreign grad students”.
But instead of embracing what is a very diverse and rich cultural background, Kamala instead decides to boil her bio down to the color of her skin.
It’s craven condescension — not to mention just a wee bit insulting.
Kamala Harris: “I am black and I am proud of it. was born black and I’ll die black and I am proud of it. And I am not gonna make any excuses for it, for anybody, because they don’t understand.” https://t.co/pQkHGlW0au— POLITICO (@politico) February 13, 2019
No, I understand perfectly, Kamala.
You think the only way to win the Democrat nomination is to pander to blacks in the most insulting way possible.
Blacks, according to Kamala, listen to the rap music, smoke the marijuana cigarette and hang with they homies. They don’t have Brahmin mothers with whom they traveled the world.
So Kamala talks about rap music, pot-smoking and her skin color the same way Hillary employed a fake black accent and deployed the hot sauce.
How long before Kamala does a townhall where she encourages the audience to feel free to ax her anything?
I’m guessing Kamala thinks that insulting blacks and reducing them to stereotypes will make her relatable the same way Liz Warren thought drinking the beers would make her hip to millennials.
How is that not insulting?
Harris didn’t spend her college years getting high. Instead she got two degrees. Those are values that she picked up from both her parents. Instead of passing those values down, she’s condescendingly pandering to racial stereotypes in order to demonstrate her inauthentic authenticity.
Kamala is jettisoning her real identity and personal history for a one-dimensional cardboard cut-out of what she thinks “black” really is.
And Greenfield is right. How is this any different from Hillary’s hot sauce comment or Ralph Northam’s blackface?
All three reduce blacks to a hollow stereotype.
From Greenfield’s column:
Blackface controversies have torn apart Virginia. But Kamala Harris is running her own kind of blackface routine, performing stereotypes about black people for mostly white audiences, in order to get ahead. And the awkward head movements, the phony cultural references and attempts at victimhood, is its own kind of political minstrel show reeking of contempt for both black and white people.
Both Warren and Harris, successful professional women, appropriated the cultural identities of oppressed people to get a leg up because much of identity politics is really performative social climbing by upper-class professionals trying to obtain special privileges by identifying with minorities.
The new political blackface routines, like the old minstrel shows, depend on insulting condescending stereotypes, like Warren’s Pow Wow Chow and Harris’ imaginary Jamaican pot smoking family. Minstrel shows dehumanized their targets and their participants. Political blackface does the same thing.
Senator Kamala Harris could run as a career prosecutor from two upper class families, who grew up traveling the world with her parents, who spent her formative years in Montreal, who counted Nancy Pelosi as a friend back in her Nob Hill days, who married at a Jewish-Indian wedding, and whose tastes in music, very obviously, don’t include either Snoop Dogg or Salt-N-Pepa.
Instead she decided to run as a self-made blackface cartoon because her background is too diverse and too complicated. Identity politics claims to value diversity, but favors simple identities that appeal to chauvinistic racial and ethnic national movements. Kamala’s diversity cuts across those neat lines, outraging racial and religious sensibilities, and necessitating a simpler story complete with blackface.
Boy, he really nails it there.
And I have to ask.
How is this not insulting?
When John Kerry walked in to an Ohio store and announced “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” that revealed just how little he thought of middle America.
How is what Kamala’s doing not equally insulting?
Does Kamala Harris really believe that black people are so vacuous and superficial that mentioning Snoop Dogg or Tupac is the way to their hearts?
It’s self-serving and deeply condescending.
And, ultimately, it shows in stark relief just how little Kamala thinks of the very voters she’s trying to appeal to.
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