By Felicia J. Persaud
News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri, June 10, 2022: It’s another National Caribbean American Heritage Month in the United States, on the 16the since it was proclaimed by President George W. Bush in June 2006 to celebrate the millions of Caribbean Americans in the United States and those who have been here since slavery, including Denmark Vesey. It is also National Immigrant Heritage Month, Pride Month and Black Music Appreciation Month. However, when it comes to America’s Vice President of Caribbean, United States, Black, and Asians, his only Pride Month, aka “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2022”.
Vice President Kamala Harris‘s snub of Caribbean American Heritage Month, and even National Immigrant Heritage Month and Black Music Appreciation Month, comes despite her strong Caribbean roots thanks to her Jamaican father. , his black race which is due to him and especially his immigrant heritage, thanks to both parents. Add to that the fact that she’s supposed to be the country’s immigration czar and you can see how politically unsound Harris’ action is, to say the least. Add another fact — this week Harris met with Caribbean community leaders in Los Angeles and was all smiles and fake cuteness all around in what was largely a photo op and little else.
On Twitter, Harris went ahead and changed her cover on the social media platform to simply state, “Happy Pride Month” starting June 1.st. I guess she’ll keep it that way all month.
Harris also chose to simply ignore the other months as she tweeted only, “For me, Pride Month has always been a celebration filled with joy. It is also a reminder that the fight for full LGBTQI+ rights continues. This month, and every month, let’s continue to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community and move forward. Happy #pride.
His actions come despite the fact that President Joe Biden, in the White House’s own National Caribbean American Heritage Month proclamation, highlighted Harris’ Caribbean heritage as part of the administration’s recognition of Americans Caribbean in June.
“This month, our nation also celebrates the extraordinary leadership and accomplishments of Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American of Jamaican descent to hold this high office,” the proclamation said, while adding, “Every day , we see the invaluable contributions Caribbean American communities have made to our country.
Perhaps this proclamation was missed by Harris or is not important enough in “Harris” America. But did she also miss the proclamations of National Immigrant Heritage Month and Black Music Appreciation Month or is she just ignoring that June is also a celebration of other segments of Americans?
I have nothing against the LGBTQ community, and they deserve to be celebrated with their own month. But let’s also remember that there are black, Caribbean and immigrant people who also deserve to be celebrated in June. Harris, as immigration czar, should at least know that if she has a renewed ambition to be president.
If President Biden decides not to run for office in 2024, Harris would very much be the obvious heir. But her track record to date proves she will be a very weak candidate and will likely invite several high profile challengers from her own party line.
Many political strategists also don’t think she has the juice to contest a general election against Republican candidates such as Donald Trump, should El Trumpe run again.
I agree. Harris’ latest snub, as well as her track record or lack thereof since going veep, is cause for concern for Democrats. One thing is clear – she won’t be able to get the massive outpouring of votes from the Caribbean or immigrants like the ticket did in 2020. She did none for this bloc and deserves nada.
The reality is, we’re all in big trouble in 2024, all because of Kamala Harris.
The writer is the publisher of NewsAmericasNow.com – The Black Immigrant Daily News.