U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is descended from the 19th-century slave owner Hamilton Brown who owned slaved on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where her father was born.
“Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris is descended from Irish slave owner Hamilton Brown, the namesake of Brown’s Town in Jamaica, who recruited massive numbers of Irish migrants to Jamaica to work on his sugar plantations after the British empire abolished slavery.”
According to Kamala Harris's father, Donald J. Harris, a British Jamaican–born American economist and professor emeritus at Stanford University, Hamilton Brown is a direct ancestor of Harris and his daughter, United States Senator and 2020 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
On Jan. 13, 2020 Jamaica Global, a website for the global Jamaican diaspora, published an article that Prof. Harris had written in September 2018 about his family’s roots in Jamaica. He was born on the island, before immigrating to the United States in the 1960s, to pursue a career as an economist and university lecturer.
While studying for his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley, he met Shyamala Gopalan, an Indian cancer researcher. The couple were married, and their daughter, the future California Attorney General and U.S. Senator, was born in Berkeley in 1964. Harris and her sister, Maya, are therefore first-generation American citizens, born in the U.S. to a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
In his Jamaica Global article, Harris says he is descended from the 19th-century planter and slave owner Hamilton Brown. He wrote:
“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me). The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural ‘produce’ exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown’s Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolyte).”
There is no doubt that Hamilton Brown was a prominent plantation owner in Jamaica during the first half of the 19th century, owned slaves in Jamaica.
Far-Left-wing, activist group, posing as a Fact-Checking website: Snopes, claims that Kamala's father may be lying and that the families ancestory is unproven.
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