Kamala Harris revealed an unconventional reason for supporting marijuana legalization last week- her own Jamaican ancestry.
When asked about why she supported decriminalizing the drug, she said that “half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”
It seems she said this unaware that many Jamaicans aren’t thrilled to see their country associated with the recreational drug- including her own father, Donald Harris, who immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean island nation.
Harris condemned his own daughter’s remarks in quite surprising and harsh terms, in a statement provided to Jamaica Global Online. Not only did he express his disapproval of her comments on marijuana, but he also went on to take a stab at the identity politics present within the Democratic Party and Kamala Harris campaign.
“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. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
Ouch. It’s enough to question how exactly the younger Harris got the impression of a connection between Jamaicans and marijuana growing up in her father’s household, although she’s admitted to using the drug years ago.
The elder Harris isn’t the first from the island nation to express displeasure at the association between Jamaica and Rastafarian-style marijuana culture. Jamaica is said to have the most churches per square kilometer in the world, and the ‘pot-smoking joy seeker‘ ideals associated with figures like Bob Marley tend to be more of a figment of the American cultural imagination than a realistic depiction of the country.
It’s possible that Kamala is invoking her Jamaican ancestry to rationalize her support for marijuana legalization simply for political convenience. As California Attorney General, she oversaw enforcement of drug laws often punitively applied to everyday people without elite political- or Jamaican- connections.
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POLL: 15% of Sanders Supporters Plan to Vote For Donald Trump in November
They prefer Trump to an establishment Democrat.
New polling from ABC suggests that Donald Trump is primed to win over a significant share of Bernie Sanders primary voters in the November general election, suggesting that some of Bernie’s Bros don’t intend to bend the knee to likely establishment Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The poll reveals that 15% of self-identifying Bernie Sanders supporters already plan on voting for Trump in November. President Trump ultimately ended up winning the votes of 12% of 2016 Sanders supporters, suggesting he’s increased his appeal to the democratic socialist’s supporters.
Some centrist Democrats have expressed their personal distaste of Sanders(and some Gabbard) supporters on account of their perceived unwillingness to vote for the Democratic nominee, forgetting that it’s the obligation of American political candidates to win the votes of citizens who chose to support their opponents in primaries.
While Trump and Sanders are on opposite ends of the American political spectrum, they could be compared in a sense that they’re both considered political populists. Trump’s policy positions on trade, some foreign policy, and American manufacturing are closer to the Sanders’ views than Joe Biden’s reheated neoliberal political program.
Perhaps even more significantly, the poll shows that Biden gauges the lowest ever recorded “enthusiasm level” for a Democratic Presidential nominee. A paltry 24% of likely Biden voters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” to vote for him in November.
With a voter base that seems lethargic in an unprecedented fashion, it’s possible that Joe Biden could go down as the most “low energy” major Presidential candidate in recent American political history.
The poll’s general election survey reveals a tight contest between Biden and Trump, with the former Vice President leading within the margin of error by 49% to 47%. Trump’s polling has improved significantly in recent weeks in ABC’s surveys, in part because of high public approval of the federal response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
Biden seems to have largely disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the historical epidemic, only sparsely appearing on public broadcasts in bizarre gaffe-filled livestreams from a converted recreation room in his Delaware home.
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