Senator Kamala Harris seems to have taken a page from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s playbook, as evidence has emerged on Twitter that a story she told to Elle magazine was plagiarized.
In October of 2020, Kamala Harris told Elle magazine that she was demanding civil rights from the time she was in a stroller, which sounds eerily similar to a story told by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in an interview with Playboy in 1965.
“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,‘” Elle’s glowing profile stated.
When the interview began circulating on Twitter again on January 4, Maclean’s contributing editor Andray Domise noticed the similarities between Harris’ story and King’s story.
In an interview with Alex Haley, King described his suffering for the cause and the burdens of being a Civil Rights Leader, referencing the inspiration he received from a little girl:
“I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’ She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come into my mind, and has buoyed me,” King said.
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
Harris’ running mate, Joe Biden, has been caught plagiarizing on multiple occasions, but this may be the first time she has been caught in the act.
The Daily Wire reported that “Harris has attempted before to profit politically from stories about her involvement with the Civil Rights movement, even using it as a weapon against her running mate, Joe Biden, during the Democratic primary.”
During the primary, in June of 2019, Harris called out Joe Biden for opposing forced busing, or the forced integration of public schools through busing that occurred decades ago. Along with this, she also attacked him for working with notorious segregationists like former Democrat Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia.
“It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris said.
“That little girl was me,” she added, as her campaign immediately tweeted a childhood photo of her in pigtails, staring intensely at the camera.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019
Prior to the end of the debate, her campaign had already begun selling $30 t-shirts with the image of her on it.