Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is being accused of plagiarism after several individuals have pointed to striking similarities between a recent she told and a story told by Martin Luther King Jr.
This has led many to ask whether Harris’ story is true or whether she lifted it from the civil rights icon.
This came during an interview that Harris did with Elle magazine for a piece that was published in October of 2020. There, Harris recalled an incident that she claims happened during her childhood.
Here is what Elle’s Ashley Ford writes:
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 … 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.
Harris is then reported as saying, “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing. And she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
If you think this story is too good to be true, then you are not alone.
Fox News reports Twitter user @EngelsFreddie, also know as Andray Domise, the contributing editor of the Canadian publication Maclean’s, as pointing out a strong resemblance between Harris’ story and an anecdote told by Martin Luther King in a 1965 interview published by Playboy magazine.
“I will never 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,” King said.
He continued: “‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked at 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.”
It’s not the first time
We have to admit that we don’t know for sure whether Harris actually plagiarized King or if the incident really happened as she described it. That is a question that she will have to answer, and, so far, she hasn’t.
But, if true, Harris wouldn’t be the first big-name Democrat to have plagiarized. Joe Biden, in fact, is well-known for having plagiarized in law school, an admission that upended his 1988 presidential run.
It appears that America might be about to have two plagiarizers leading the country.