Kamala Harris: Indian-American or African-American?

Candace Owens, 31, and Errol Webber, 33, are among those who are questioning the race Kamala Harris, 55, is representing. Webber and Owens took to Twitter to point out that Harris campaigned for the United States senate as an Indian-American and now for vice president as an African-American.

Owens and Webber are Republicans. The former is one of the most prominent African-American supporters of the 45th U.S. president Donald Trump, 74.

Webber is running for election to the U.S. House to represent California’s 37th congressional district. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is an alumnus of The Maryland Institute College (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

What critics like Webber and Owens do not emphasize is the fact that Harris is both Indian-American and African-American. If Harris chooses to represent one, it does not necessarily mean she is giving up the other one.


Harris was raised in Berkeley, California, USA with her younger sister Maya Harris, 53, a lawyer and a political analyst. Kamala was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California to Jamaican-American economist Donald J. Harris, 81, and the late Indian-American biological researcher Shyamala Gopalan Harris.

Both Donald and Shyamala were immigrants. They were graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964.

Kamala grew up going to both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple. She has visited her maternal relatives in India and her paternal relatives in Jamaica.

In 1986, Kamala earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA and in 1989, she earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. On August 22, 2014, she married Douglas Emhoff, 55, a lawyer who graduated from the California State University, Northridge and  University of Southern California Gould School of Law, both in Los Angeles, California.

From January 8, 2004 to January 3, 2011, Kamala served as the 27th district attorney of San Francisco, California. She was in office as the 32nd attorney general of California from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2017.

Since January 3, 2017, Kamala has been serving as the junior U.S. senator from California. As the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, she is the running mate of Joe Biden, 77, the 47th U.S. vice president.

Biden is up against Trump who is seeking reelection. Kamala’s opponent is the 48th U.S. vice president Mike Pence, 61, also seeking reelection.

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