Why Black Men Don’t Like Kamala Harris — And How It Can Stop

It’s not an easy conversation to have, but it’s an important one

Mike Muse
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6 min readAug 18, 2020

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Sen. Kamala Harris has a problem with Black men. Rather, Black men have a problem with Sen. Kamala Harris.

Since her selection as presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, I’ve received a deluge of phone calls, text messages, and WhatsApp group chats from Black men — only two of whom had positive things to say about her. One was from someone who sees himself in Harris; like her, he has one parent from Jamaica and another from India. The other is totally aligned with her policy positions. Everyone else, though, is down on the pick.

This conversation is tough. Emotions are high. Nuanced discourse is rare. The discussion is either black or white. That all-or-nothing approach is already common on social media, but now it’s jumping into my real-life conversations. It’s shocking, even disheartening, but it’s not surprising.

Black men, let’s establish what we know. As Malcolm X said, the most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman. And yes, Harris is Black, so let’s stop with any false narrative that she’s not. Bad actors seeking to create dissent will do a good enough job spreading false propaganda without our assistance. It’s already beginning with the birther movement; the once-silent dog whistles have turned into a blaring sound system used at President Donald Trump’s rallies, White House press briefings, and on the presidential Twitter account. Therefore, we must have her back at all times during this election.

Just because some of her decisions have been turned into clickbait distortions and clout-chasing retweets doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. We need to hear from Harris about the hard truths of her criminal justice work.

But here’s where it gets complicated. Before Harris became a senator, she was California’s attorney general, and before that, she served as district attorney of San Francisco. In both positions, her tenure and actions directly affected Black men. I’ve even heard people…

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Mike Muse
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Mike Muse Intersects Politics x Pop Culture. He is host of "The Mike Muse Show" on SiriusXM & Co-host "Sway in the Morning" on SiriusXM & ABC News Contributor