While Vice President Kamala Harris has Sam Cooke's classic "A Change is Gonna Come," on her playlist, she and husband Douglas Emhoff probably won't be adding another 1960's hit from the great soul singer.
Cooke (1931-64) collaborated on "Wonderful World" with Herb Alpert and Lou Adler, the two octogenarian music luminaries from Los Angeles, and the first line is: "Don't know much about history."
Douglass Emhoff, during a visit last week to the National Archives to celebrate Black History Month, was shown the original copy of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision, Loving v. Virginia, which in 1967 invalidated the anti-miscegenation marriage laws in 16 states.
Mildred Delores Loving's ancestry was African American, Native American and Portuguese, and Richard Loving was White.
The states whose marriage laws were declared unconstitutional are: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Interestingly, President Joe Biden's home state, Delaware, is one of the states.
During the recent visit to the National Archives, Emhoff, a 56-year-old entertainment lawyer from Los Angeles who married Harris is 2014, tendentiously declared that, without the unanimous decision of the Earl Warren Court in 1967, "I would not be married to Kamala Harris."
The "Second Gentlemen of the United States" further erroneously claimed that "for hundreds of years, you could not literally marry somebody you loved because of their race."
Brooklyn-born Emhoff is inexcusably unaware that New York is one of the five of the original 13 states — including New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont — that never passed a law prohibiting marriages between individuals of different races.
In 1963, Vice President Harris' parents consummated an interracial marriage in California. Donald J. Harris, born in Jamaica in 1938, and the late India-born Shyamala Gopalan (1938-2009), met when they were doctoral students at the ultra-liberal University of California, Berkeley, which is also one of the world's great STEM institutions.
Harris earned his Ph.D. in economics, and he taught at Stanford for nearly three decades. Gopalan's doctorate was in nutrition and endocrinology, and she spent more than four decades as a cancer researcher in America and Canada.
Kamala Harris has a degree in political science and economics from Howard University, and a law degree from the U.C. Hastings School of Law in San Francisco.
In 1948, California's law against interracial marriages was declared unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court, in Perez v. Sharp, which overruled L.A. County's denial of a marriage license to Sylvester Davis, an African-American man, and Andrea Perez, a Mexican-American woman.
In 1960, Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-90), the great African-American singer, dancer, actor and Civil Rights activist, married Swedish actress May Britt in an L.A. synagogue.
Vice President Harris' playlist has no hit song from 93-year-old Harry Belafonte, the Jamaican-American Calypso singer, actor and Civil Rights activist. Belafonte was born and reared in New York City, (as was Sammy Davis Jr.), and the leftist radical married Julie Robinson, a white woman, in 1957.
In a 2019 autobiography, "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey," Kamala Harris recounts visits to a paternal relative in Harlem. But she doesn't mention that hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans immigrated to the Big Apple, or had parents who did, beginning in the early 20th century. They include:
Marcus Garvey (1887-1940), the controversial advocate of Black empowerment and Pan-Africanism; Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn); Gen. Colin Powell; Dr. Yvette Francis McBarnette, a pioneer pediatrician in the treatment of sickle-cell anemia; and Claude McKay, a pivotal intellectual of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s.
In "Wonderful World," the other academic subjects, which Sam Cooke, Lou Adler and Herb Alpert proudly boast ignorance of, include biology, algebra and trigonometry. They also don't know "what a science book is."
It was the height of scientific illiteracy and political demagoguery when vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, in an early Sept. 2020 interview, ferociously denounced President Trump's unprecedented Operation Warp Speed, which developed, manufactured, distributed and administered vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in a record-shattering seven months:
"I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he's talking about."
Harris also mindbogglingly declared, that getting injected with the vaccine before the election, is "going to be an issue for all of us."
She didn't identify who "all of us" are.
When CNN's Dana Bush asked her a totally loaded question about whether or not the scientists and public health experts would have the final approval about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, Harris became even more of a rabble-rouser:
"If past is prologue that they will not, they'll be muzzled, they'll be suppressed, they will be sidelined."
At the end of December 2020, the consummate hypocrite, Kamala Harris, received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and nearly a month later, she was injected with the second.
Last week, Vice President Harris again demonstrated her boundless hypocrisy when she was interviewed by MNSBC's Al Sharpton, who has long been accused of antisemitism. Douglas Emhoff is Jewish.
The vice president implored African Americans, whose COVID vaccinations rates are life-threateningly low, to get jabbed, the diametrically opposite tune she and other leading Democrats, including President Biden, were demagogically screaming during the presidential campaign.
Indeed, if only these two weren’t in office, “What a wonderful world that would be.”
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Report's — More Here
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