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Trump Jr. shares post saying Kamala Harris is not Black

Are the bots at it again?


Samira Sadeque


Published Jun 28, 2019   Updated Jan 28, 2021, 12:10 am CST

A slew of accounts on Twitter appeared to claim that presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is not Black, largely in part to her comments on bussing when she grilled her colleague Joe Biden at the Democratic debate’s second round on Thursday.  

The debate took a heated—and somewhat emotional—turn when Harris directly addressed Biden about previously working with former segregationist senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

In it, she referred to a “little girl” who was working to integrate schools. “That little girl was me,” she said. 

A series of Twitter accounts attacked her for being “not Black,” as pointed out by disinformation researcher Caroline Orr:

Some of the tweets in Orr’s screenshots, such as by usersShyam Thyoadmin, @Reebfree, @kjjdc12345 and @shyndixie did not appear in a Twitter search on Friday morning.    


The clamor went all the way up to the president’s son, in a tweet he’s since deleted.

In a comment to the Daily Dot, Twitter said that the tweets about Harris’ race were not the work of coordinated campaigns.

What is relevant for many in the Black community is Harris’ “tough on crime” history that has put Black men in prison, which some users on Twitter pointed out—and also proved that you can do so without questioning someone’s racial heritage:


Harris, who is the daughter of an Indian immigrant and Jamaican immigrant, has had people obsess over race before, and she remains unphased by the confusion others tend to project on her.

“I am who I am. I’m good with it” she recently said, and refers to herself with just one word: “American.” If elected, she would be the first African American, first Indian American, and first Asian American to take a seat at the White House.


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*First Published: Jun 28, 2019, 12:25 pm CDT