Harris’ dual identities challenge America’s race labels

While her dual heritage represents several slices of the minority experience in America, many have puzzled over how to define her – an issue people of multiracial backgrounds have long had to navigate. Harris has long incorporated both sides of her parentage in her public persona, but also has been steadfast in claiming her Black identity, saying her mother — the biggest influence on her life — raised her and her sister as Black because that’s the way the world would view them.While her dual heritage represents several slices of the minority experience in America, many have puzzled over how to define her – an issue people of multiracial backgrounds have long had to navigate. Harris has long incorporated both sides of her parentage in her public persona, but also has been steadfast in claiming her Black identity, saying her mother — the biggest influence on her life — raised her and her sister as Black because that’s the way the world would view them.

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