In an interview at The Breakfast Club was attended by DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God which aired on Monday, the show's conductors asked the California Democrat to send a series of pejorative memes on social media. One of the presenters cited a meme that states that Harris is "not African-American" because his parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and he spent his high school years in Canada.
"So I was born in Oakland and raised in the United States, except for the years when I was in high school in Montreal, Canada," Harris answered with a laugh. "And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us and so I think we know what they're trying to do."
"They are trying to do what has been happening in the last two years, which are powerful voices trying to sow hatred and division, and so we have to recognize when we play," Harris said.
One of the guests answered by asking Harris how he reacts to people who question "the legitimacy of your darkness".
"I think they do not understand who the blacks are," Harris replied. "I'm not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who are people of color, because now, frankly, I'm focused on, for example, on an initiative that I called" LIFT Act "which is to lift people out of poverty, "he said, detailing his plan for a $ 6,000 tax credit for middle-class Americans.
"I'm black, and I'm proud of being black," he told the interview later. "I was born black, I'll die black and I'm not going to apologize for anyone because I do not understand"
Harris, a former California attorney general, said he does not apologize for prosecuting violent criminals to keep communities safe, but he added that he wanted to do more to influence change "from within". He also emphasized his support for the legalization of marijuana. He said he smoked ̵
"I think it gives joy to many people," he said, "and we need more joy."
The young California senator was also asked about the criticisms he faced on social media for marrying a white man .
"Look, I love my husband, and he was the one I chose to marry, because I love him – and it was that moment in time, and that's it," Harris said. "And he loves me," he added, laughing.