The 5 Least Subtle Dog-Whistles About Kamala Harris, Ranked
5) Calling her “disrespectful”
During Brent Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Sen. Harris brought all her prosecutorial experience to bear on a guy who we honestly can’t believe made it through law school, let alone a career on the bench. Yet, Donald Trump described her surgical interrogation as “disrespectful.” As in, how dare she speak to a respectable White man like that about his long history of ethical violations and allegedly criminal acts!
4) Trying to resuscitate #NastyWoman
Guess it’s a big week for dudes getting shook about Black women owning their power!
3) The cop thing
Yes, Harris served stints as San Francisco district attorney and attorney general of California. And no, not every decision made everyone happy. But if you think Black folks are gonna react to the chance to get Trump outta here (and get a Black woman in the White House) by going all babies and bathwater, you’re as dumb as the social media bots you’re amplifying.
2) “She’s not even African American!”
Her dad was born and raised in Jamaica; her Tamil mother was born in India. She contains multitudes, but is also unmistakably Black. Yet, to conservative “thinkers” like Dinesh D’Souza, she’s trading on an African American experience that isn’t hers. Despite growing up in Oakland. And attending Howard University. You gotta love racial purity tests coming from a guy who said (and this is real), “So Rosa Parks wouldn’t sit in the back of the bus — that’s all she did, so what’s the big fuss?”
1) Intentionally mispronouncing her name
Sure, Tucker Carlson, we get it: pro wrestling legend (and tragic caricature) Kamala passed away this week. But by insisting on pronouncing Harris’ first name the same way — even after being corrected by your own guest — you know exactly what you’re doing. If you can manage it with the name “Ivanka,” you can manage it now.