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Kamala Harris Talks Black Excellence With The Breakfast Club.

Senator Kamala Harris answered some questions in an interview with The Breakfast Club hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God in an episode that aired Monday. Directly confronting critics who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor, and her marriage a white man.

“So I was born in Oakland and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada,” Harris responded with a laugh. “And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us, and so I think that we know what they are trying to do.”

Michelle Obama also took time to congratulate Sen. Kamala Harris on Instagram.

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You get used to it, even as a little girl—opening the newspaper, turning on the TV, and hardly ever seeing anyone who looks like you. You train yourself to not get your hopes up. And sometimes it’s a battle just to keep telling yourself that you might deserve more. Because no matter how much you prepare, no matter what grades you get or even how high you rise at work, it always feels like someone is waiting to tell you that you’re not qualified. That you’re not smart enough. That you’re too loud or too bossy. That there’s just something about you…you’re just not quite the right fit. Change can be slow and frustrating, but signs of progress are all around us. This week Senator @KamalaHarris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, became the first Black woman and first Asian-American woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. I’ve been thinking about all those girls growing up today who will be able to take it for granted that someone who looks like them can grow up to lead a nation like ours. Because @KamalaHarris may be the first, but she won’t be the last. I am here for it all. Let us embrace and celebrate this moment. Go get ‘em girl. 💪🏾

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The show’s hosts asked the California Democrat to address a series of sarcastic memes that have been distributed on social media. One of the hosts mentioned a meme that said Harris is “not African-American” because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica, and she spent her high school years in Canada.

“I’m black, and I’m proud of being black,” she said at a later point in the interview. “I was born black. I will die black, and I’m not going to make excuses for anybody because they don’t understand.”

 

The former California state attorney general said she makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals to keep communities safe, but added that she wished she could have done more to affect change “from the inside.”When pushed To address some of the more  scalding critiques of her history as a prosecutor, she was asked what she had done as a prosecutor “to hurt black people” and whether there were decisions that she regretted.”I regret not having done enough,” said Harris

 

”I’m focused on, for example, an initiative that I have that is called the ‘LIFT Act’ that is about lifting folks out of poverty,” she said, detailing her plan for a $6,000 tax credit for middle-class Americans.

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