Last year, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told the Des Moines Register that she favored establishing a commission to study the possibility of paying reparations for slavery.
However, according to her Jamaican-born father, she could be among those being told to open their wallets.
Kamala Harris’s father tells all
“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,” the elder Harris wrote.
“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),” he continued.
Historical records show that Brown had over 1100 slaves in his possession and was compensated with the equivalent of $3 million in today’s money when slavery was abolished. Meanwhile, his slaves received nothing.
Just the News reports that following the abolition of slavery, Brown began bringing in Irish immigrants to work his plantations until this too was stopped when it emerged that he was subjecting his workers to slavery-like conditions.
Anger over marijuana remarks
Sen. Harris appears to have a contentious relationship with her father, who reacted angrily in 2019 when she suggested that her past marijuana use was due to her Jamaican ancestry.
“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 in a scathing statement to Jamacia Global Online.
“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” Harris went on to add.
During a Democratic primary debate last summer, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) attacked Kamala Harris for joking about smoking marijuana given that she sent people to prison for drug offenses.
“I’m concerned about this record of Senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard complained.