Then he concluded, “Kamala Harris seems to be descended less from the legacy of, let’s say, Frederick Douglass than from the legacy of the plantation itself.”
Nice try, but Douglass, who escaped a Maryland plantation to become a renowned abolitionist author and diplomat, also was of mixed race, as are more than a few African Americans.
Rush Limbaugh joined the sarcastic chorus, angrily. “She’s not African American,” he growled on his national talk show. “She doesn’t have slave blood. She’s not down for the struggle.”
And who is? Certainly not Limbaugh, in my humble view.
Besides, as “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, a biracial South African, said while reporting these sound bites from the right wing, “being partially descended from a slave owner is one of the Blackest things you can be.”
Indeed, so is having non-Blacks persistently try to tell you what you can be. Race itself long has been based in this country on the one-drop rule: Just one drop of Black blood in your background makes you “Black.”
As Malcolm X is said to have joked, that must be one powerful drop of blood to change the nature of the whole person like a drop of ink in a glass of milk.
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