For whatever reasons, I have this bad habit of writing stuff and not posting it. My thoughts about US Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ interview on The Breakfast Club Morning Show well over a week ago is an example. I’ll do better …
My observations about her “Whites-only bank” affiliation aside, the interview went in an expected low-drama direction until the discussion topics of weed, the law, her family and music seemed to converge.
Harris surprised me with this response when she was asked about her view on legalizing marijuana (around time marker 34:10):
Hey look, I joke about it, half-joking — half of my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?
Senator Harris’ Jamaican Father — who was a Stanford University Economics professor and whose response to Sen. Harris’ statement makes me think he and his most immediate ancestors wouldn’t be categorized as weed smokers — appeared wounded:
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.
Here’s a link to the essay Papa Harris referenced.
Besides the slight to half of her family, the Senator seems out of touch with history since it was her Indian Mother’s ancestors who brought ganja — in name, product and culture — to Jamaica.
With smokey illusions as the background, here’s the part of the interview that found Harris caught in a lie (starting at time marker 38:09):
DJ Envy: What [song] does Kamala Harris listen to?
Charlamagne Tha God: What were you listening to when you was high?
Sen. Harris: (Laughter)
CTG: What was on, what song — was it Snoop [Dogg]?
SH: Oh my goodness. Definitely Snoop —
(Laughter from hosts)
SH: Uh-huh, Tupac for sure, for sure.
The answer sounded off to me.
So I did the kind of triflin’ mathematics some of y’all do when newlyweds are expecting twins.
According to Wikipedia, Sen. Harris graduated from law school in 1989.
Snoop didn’t hit until April 1992.
Or ‘91, if you count appearances around the Southern California area.
Tupac didn’t release anything on a wide scale until 1991.
So unless Snoop and ‘Pac were handing out basement mix tapes in the 80s — and you should keep in mind that the latter made Baltimore his home base during the late 80s, with no documented access to Internet-based distribution while Harris remained in Cali for law school — the Senator is lying.
(Laughing) Or she’s been smoking jimmies after becoming a lawyer.
Of all the questions to lie about, why did she make “What you were listening to … ” one of her choices?
Who knows, she could’ve been rockin’ Gregory Abbott during the 80s and didn’t want to share that sort of banality with the BC crowd. Guess I can’t blame her …
But I think Sen Harris should spend more time figuring out how to explain her previous prosecutorial behavior, along with her historical views on investigating police departments for wacky practices.
Video is here and below …
song currently stuck in my head: “calling out (david penn remix)” – sophie lloyd feat. dames brown