Kamala Harris gained a lot of support recently by admitting that she had tried marijuana in the past and standing firmly behind the movement to legalize the substance in the United States.
Many were surprised to see a politician openly admitting to past illegal drug use, but it looks like her revelation ended up impacting her positively after all.
However, not everyone was impressed with Harris. Her father was one of the more notable critics of her position.
Donald Harris explained that from his point of view, his daughter was leaning on something minor from her past to build up her political profile.
He added that her statements were an insult to her Jamaican ancestors, and he felt disappointed over the way she presented herself.
Here is what the dad said: "My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents , must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty."
Public comments on the situation pointed out that referencing her Jamaican roots in the context of her marijuana use was not a good move for Jamaicans as a whole.
Some have argued that they now feel worried that they might get targeted for regular drug tests just because of their country of origin, despite never having touched illegal drugs in their lives.
It is also worth pointing out that Jamaica itself seems to have a somewhat divided stance on the use of marijuana, and not everyone in the country shares the perspective that it is a harmless drug.
With that in mind, it is understandable how Harris could have made a very poor impression with her stance. So far though, most comments towards her seem more or less positive.
After this controversy of her own doing, Harris tried to change the conversation by calling President Donald Trump racist.