Birther Conspiracy Now Aimed at Sen. Kamala Harris
Harris is now the target of a "birther conspiracy" and a troll on Twitter is behind it.
It hasn't even been a week since Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced a bid for presidency in 2020 and already racists are at it with the infamous birther conspiracy theory.
The "theory" began with Trump-supporting, failed hedge fund investor and alleged thief, Jacob Wohl. Wohl apparently took to Twitter to "expose" Sen. Harris as being a non-American. In a tweet, which lacked any semblance of proper punctuation, he "announced" that she was ineligible to be president.
The tweet is essentially untruthful. Although her father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian, Sen. Harris is, in fact, an American born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 20, 1964. Research is obviously not Wohl's strong suit. Harris moved to Montreal when she was in middle school due to her mother's job. A simple Google search on the requirements to be a U.S. president would have given him all the information he needed.
As it stands, the second article of the U.S. Constitution states that only a "natural-born citizen" may become the president of the United States. The 14th amendment to the US constitution elaborates on what it means to be a U.S. citizen: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."
It's also important to note "birthright citizenship's" meaning and importance: anyone born on U.S. soil and subject to its jurisdiction is a natural-born citizen, regardless of parental citizenship. This was determined by the Supreme Court in 1898.
This isn't the first time Wohl has spread false information. In 2018, he was the source behind the alleged sexual assault claims against special counsel Robert Mueller. Those claims turned out to be false, as well.
"Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.
It's 2019 and lynching still hasn't been properly outlawed. A bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), was cleared on Thursday in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime. The measure will now go to the House. Harris, Booker and Scott are the only Black members of the Senate.
Harris tweeted on Thursday:
BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019
It's outrageous that lynching still isn't considered a federal crime. Congress tried and failed near 200 times between 1882 to 1986. About to ask the Senate to unanimously pass our anti-lynching bill. Let's right this wrong.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019
Congress has tried more than 200 times to pass an anti-lynching law, but has failed. The Senate passed a resolution in 2005, apologizing to lynching victims.
The bipartisan bill acknowledges the harms of lynching, which is a form of domestic terrorism, and the federal government's failure to stop it.
It defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person."
In December, the Senate also passed the bill. But it was days before the 115th Congress went out of business, and the measure never reached the House floor.
"It's not the first time we've come down to this body to try to right the wrongs of history," Booker said on the Senate floor.
"For too long we have failed, failed to ensure justice for the victims of history and failed to make clear in the United States of America, in this great country, lynching is and always has been not only a federal crime but a moral failure."
According to the NAACP, "From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States."
"Of the total, 3,446 of the victims were Black, accounting for approximately 72.7 percent; and 1,297 were white, which is 27.3 percent."
"These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded," the organization stated.
"The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate," said West Virginia delegate Eric Porterfield.
The interaction between Gayle King and Ralph Northam should have led to a bigger discussion.
In a viral video, the congresswoman talks about the Green New Deal.
In a video posted on Twitter that has more than 1 million views, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says she doesn't want to be "placated as a progressive."
"I think that many times white people do not understand what blackface means," Sellers said.
The photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man dressed in a KKK costume is sparking a national conversation. The racist act of wearing blackface goes back to the mid-19th century. It's 2019 and Black people still have to explain why it's offensive.
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Update: White Powder, A Witness, and Photos Have All Been Uncovered in the Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation
The perpetrators have yet to be identified but police are collecting information about individuals that were in the area at the time of the attack.
The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating the attack of Empire actor Jussie Smollett and have new leads.
Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where Empire is filmed, on January 22.
HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.
Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.
Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.
Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.
Smollett family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."
A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.
She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.
She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.