VP Harris faces criticism for new holiday video

Vice President Kamala Harris is facing more criticism, this time for the recent holiday video that she posted. 

Harris posted the video to Twitter on Monday.

Take a look:

Harris talks Kwanzaa

In the video, Harris, alongside her partner, Douglas Emhoff, reflects upon celebrating Kwanzaa with her family while growing up.

“Doug and I send our warmest wishes to all of you this holiday season,” Harris begins.

At this point, Emhoff makes a brief statement providing information about Kwanzaa before Harris takes back over.

She continues:

Growing up, Kwanzaa was always a special time. We came together with generations of friends and family and neighbors. There were never enough chairs. So my sister and I and the other children would often sit on the floor and together we lit the candles of the Kinara. And then the elders would talk about how Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate culture, community, and family. And they, of course, taught us about the seven principles. My favorite principle was always the second — Kujichagulia. Self-determination, the power to design your own life and determine your own future. And it is a deeply American principle, one that guides me every day as Vice-President.

The video concludes with Emhoff wishing “everyone who is celebrating” that their week “is filled with love and light.” Emhoff says, “from our family to yours, Happy Kwanzaa!”


As stated earlier, many are criticizing Harris for the video, and the reason is that many just don’t seem to be buying Harris’s story.

For those unfamiliar with Kwanzaa, it’s a secular holiday that celebrates African culture and history. The holiday, which takes place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, was created by California State University professor Maulana Karenga, in 1966.

Skepticism about Harris’s claim that she grew up celebrating Kwanzaa – a claim that she has been making for some time now – seems to be based on two facts: Harris being born in 1964 – before the creation of Kwanzaa- and Harris being the child of an Indian mother and Jamaican father.

As one social media user put it:

The hilarity of all of this is of course the idea that Vice President Kamala Devi Harris ever celebrated Kwanzaa. As the great @AnnCoulter says every year, boy I’d love to see a picture of her highly educated, culturally British and Brahmin parents lighting Kwanzaa candles.

Did it ever happen? Or, is Harris just doing some more pandering? That’s for you to decide.

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