Kamala Harris recently gave an interview to Elle magazine and she is coming under fire for telling a story she may have lifted from Martin Luther King Jr.
Is there anything about this woman that is authentic?
Kamala Gets Caught in a Lie About Her Childhood
Democrats are excited by the thought of having Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the White House. She checks off numerous boxes for them: she’s a woman, she’s a person of color and they have the ability to say they successfully elected the first black president and vice president.
Members of the media also swoon over her. It’s why Elle magazine did an entire feature piece on Harris and her life. Interestingly enough, the first two paragraphs of the article focus on how Harris wanted “fweedom” from a young age. But it turns out she stole the line from an interview Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did with Playboy back in 1965.
Below is the Elle interview (emphasis mine):
Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris says, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
People on Twitter noticed the similarity.
So it turns out Kamala Harris lifted her "Fweedom" story from a 1965 Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, by Alex Haley. Much thanks to @EngelsFreddie for spotting the similarityhttps://t.co/zDONW4Ueqs pic.twitter.com/yQuWZHYEMz
— Q. Anthony (ɔpɛ asem) (@andraydomise) January 4, 2021
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) January 4, 2021
Really looking forward to Kamala Harris's 'I have a dream" speech at the inaugural
— Tristan Johnson (@TristanPEJ) January 4, 2021