I don’t recall many (South) Asian Americans claiming Kamala Harris before yesterday’s announcement.
Some sure did but yesterday a whole new Twitter micro-community was started over Kamala’s Desiness. I guess being a VP nominee is what it takes to meet the standard of being accepted and recognized as Desi/Asian.
I don’t remember reading about chai and Holi in the White House (where the VP doesn’t live but ok) when she was running for president
the vacuity of this brand of identity politics is
In case you’re missing the point - this isn’t about Harris’ South Asianness, but the way in which many/most (South) Asians seemed to only notice it yesterday when she was officially put on the path towards the second most powerful position in the country.
says a lot about how proximity to power reigns over certain identity politics, especially in communities with anti-Black attitudes.
and TIL her Indian side is Brahmin.
Who’s...doing that? My point is about how that part of her was ignored by people claiming it *now* after yesterday’s announcement. It’s not a slight against her, but the opportunism.