Cory Booker Says Kamala Harris ‘Doesn’t Have S**t To Prove’ About Her Blackness Following Racist Birther Attacks

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 30: Cory Booker and Kamala Harris attend the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for NAACP)

Cory Booker Says Kamala Harris ‘Doesn’t Have S**t To Prove’ About Her Blackness Following Racist Birther Attacks

Many 2020 candidates are standing up for the senator.

Published June 29th

Written by Paul Meara

During Thursday’s (June 27) Democratic presidential debates, California Senator Kamala Harris relayed her experiences of being a Black woman and the racism she experienced from when she was a young child.

“As the only Black person on this stage, I would like to speak on the issue of race,” she said. Her breakout performance on the debate stage also included a spar with frontrunner Joe Biden, who she said was opposed to busing to help desegregate schools in the 1970s.

Since the debate, Senator Harris has been under attack by racists on social media. Many have revived “birtherism,” questioning her Blackness with one Twitter user even claiming she’s not an “American Black.”

The racism also made its way to the White House, where Donald Trump Jr retweeted the “American Black” theory and the message, “Is this true? Wow,” before he deleted it after receiving backlash.

Now, in a show of solidarity, a swath of Harris’ 2020 Democratic opponents are defending her via social media, with the most poignant defense coming from her good friend Cory Booker.

Just a few hours ago, the senator from New Jersey retweeted a New York Times story about Don Jr.’s tweet and the message, “@KamalaHarris doesn’t have s**t to prove.”

  1. Other candidates sticking up for Harris include Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke and more. See their tweets below.

  2. Kamala Harris herself has addressed Don Jr.’s racist tweet via her campaign. “This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama,” a spokesperson for Harris told The Daily Beast. “It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”

    The racist questions about Kamala Harris and her upbringing are right out of the birtherism playbook that was originally used to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency during his administration. Donald Trump became the poster child of the false narrative that the 44th president wasn’t actually born in the United States. He would ultimately be proven wrong, as Obama later shared his birth certificate publicly, showing he was indeed born in Hawaii. It was a document nobody but racists needed to see to accept President Obama as the legit leader of the country, and now it seems Kamala Harris will have to deal with the same attacks.

    Glad to see even her competitors have her back.

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for NAACP

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