New York: Senator Kamala Harris directly confronted her critics who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man.
In an interview on Monday with New York-based The Breakfast Club radio, the show’s hosts asked the California Democrat to address a series of derogatory memes that have circulated on social media, CNN reported.
One of the hosts cited a meme that said Ms Harris is “not African-American” because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and she spent her high school years in Canada.
“So I was born in Oakland and raised in the US except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada,” Ms Harris responded.
“And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do.
Senator added that this is what has been happening for the last two years and that powerful voices are trying to bring in a divide and that everyone needs to see through this façade.
Harris became the first Indian American and the second black woman to serve in the US Senate when she took office in 2017.
Kamala Harris, a former California state attorney general, also said that she makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals to keep communities safe, but added that she wished she could have done more to affect change.
Ms Harris said the criminal justice system is deeply flawed but makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals.
Senator has been repeatedly criticised for marrying a white man. She responded to this by saying that she loves her husband and she married him because she chose to marry him and that’s it. She added that she is lucky to have his love and support.
Last month, Harris officially kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign from her hometown Oakland.