Sen. Kamala Harris, who emerged as a major early contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in part because of her California multicultural background, has always had a special connection to her roots in Canada.
In an interview last week with The Washington Post, the California senator who is also a Stanford Law School professor detailed how her “Canadian Dream” has shaped her life and her political identity:
“I grew up going to a white evangelical Christian school, playing, as you can see, a lot of sports and music. So my background, culturally, and also from where I come from, is from a very tribal and very racial background.”
“So when I started speaking out about police brutality, and the cost of incarcerating people of color, I started to hear that refrain I used to hear in my household: ‘When you break the rules, we’re going to throw you in jail.’ So the idea of us, I think, as a country and as a people, understanding a more pluralistic society, an America that is welcoming of people of different backgrounds, it fits in well with what I feel my Canadian Dream was.”