The past some of days have been really hectic for Kamala Harris. From her battle vs. Joe Biden to attacks and questions raised on her race and now U.S Sikhs asking her for an apology.
How did it escalate?
Let’s start with Kamala Harris being targeted online for her racial background. It all began when Ali Alexander, a right-wing personality, tweeted, “I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at #DemDebate2? These are my people, not her people.” The tweet soon got viral and caught the attention of President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr who retweeted Ali’s tweet, “Is this true? Wow.” The tweet was later deleted.
Harris’ background and other candidates coming to her defense
Harris’s parents emigrated to the U.S from India and Jamaica and Harris herself was born in Oakland, California. She received support from other Democratic candidates showed support by Defending Harris. “The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all must speak out and say so. And it’s within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks,” said Elizabeth Warren, the first candidate to come in Harris’ defense.
“The same forces of hatred rooted in ‘birtherism’ that questioned @BarackObama’s American citizenship, and even his racial identity, are now being used against Senator @KamalaHarris. It’s disgusting, and we have to call it out when we see it. Racism has no place in America,” tweeted Biden.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, were among the others who showed strong support.
Harris’ campaign manager responded to all this by saying, “this is the same type of racist attacks used to attack Barack Obama. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.”
Ali Alexander, who started it all later stood his ground and was unapologetic about his tweets by slamming candidates who defended Harris. He mentioned this was a “racist Democratic smear campaign against him.”
U.S Sikhs demand apologies from Kamala Harris.
Sikh activists have launched an online petition asking Kamala Harris to apologize for defending a discriminatory policy during her tenure as California’s Attorney General in 2011, that prohibited state correctional officers from keeping beards for religious reasons, even though exceptions were given for medical purposes. The Sikh community asks Kamala to apologize as she allegedly supported the cause that denied them their civil rights.
All considered a lot has happened for Kamala Harris from winning the Democratic debate to attacks against her to Sikhs asking for apologies.