Black political activist, Deborah Owens says that Black Americans aren’t fooled by the selection of Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate. She says it proves that the Democrats are condescending to Blacks and are counting on Blacks voting for the ticket because a Black woman is on it. It is identity politics at it’s worst.
Owens, who serves as executive director of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP). In an op-ed she wrote for The Stream on Sunday that the Democrats expect that her vote is now ma foregone conclusion. The very idea of that angers Owens.
Owens says that Black voters won’t all fall in line, especially after her career is reviewed.
She has only been a Senator since 2017, and her short time in Congress did not impress. Her most notable moments in the past few years have been her grandstanding during the Kavanaugh hearing — an embarrassing display that demonstrated little other than her political ambition — and her embrace of the radical left.
Not to mention her treatment of Blacks under Harris’ time as a prosecutor and as the AG of California. For example:
In February, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered new DNA testing in the 1983 murder case of Kevin Cooper. Cooper came within hours of execution in 2004 after being charged with the murders of an adult couple and two children. Harris opposed the testing when she was the state’s attorney general.
Cooper is a Black man.
Harris also refused to release prisoners despite a court order so that the prisoners could fight forest fires and maintain parks for $2 bucks a day. Most were Black. She was a vicious prosecutors of low level crimes for Blacks but refused to investigate crimes committed by her white donors.
The notion that Harris was “tough on crime” when she was a San Francisco prosecutor is also “unconvincing,” Owens remarked, and also at odds with the Democrats’ “defund the police” movement:
She gained notoriety for throwing marijuana users in jail and for threatening the parents of truants with criminal penalties. Far from helping the African American community, Harris was one of the prosecutors who pursued disastrous policies in policing and incarceration. Prison reform, such as Trump’s First Step Act, had to be enacted in order to mitigate the harm done to the Black community by prosecutors like Kamala Harris.