*Don Lemon and April Ryan had a powerful exchange about Kamala Harris‘ Breakfast Club interview, the new hashtag movement #ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery), and being African American in the United States.
Lemon had Ryan on to discuss Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris, and opened the floor for Ryan’s opinion on Harris statements on the morning radio show.
At which point Ryan began to talk about how the recent questions about Kamala’s background are similar to what we saw with President Obama. And continued about a argument on being black enough which isn’t the discussion.
Lemon stopped her and showed the nuance that this is not the same as the birther arguments of 2007. In fact, Lemon went further and stated “…to want a distinction to say is she African American there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African American and (just) being black … All she had to say was I am black, but I am not African American”
Yvette Carnell host of the BreakingBrown Radio show & a co-founder #ADOS said this to Eurweb: “CNN news has finally caught up to the fact that this debate is about lineage and not race, they are finally acknowledging that our debate is about the historical cost of ADOS life in America.
Not some global abstract blackness. Harris and Ryan are muddying the waters by detaching black communities from their arguments. No one is questioning whether Kamala Harris is black in a global sense. We are stating the clear fact she is not #ADOS and therefore not borne of us. We need to see you put forth clear policy aimed specifically at us.”
Attorney and co-founder #ADOS Antonio Moore who host the Radio show Tonetalks on Dash Radio added:
“What Kamala is doing is both inaccurate and further shows she can’t deliver on the needs for #ADOS blacks in America. If you can’t understand this isn’t the birther argument from the right wing as she alludes to in the Breakfast Club interview, how can we trust you to enact any bold policy that targets American Descendants of Slavery. Her bringing up being born in Oakland implies Black Americans across this country that are using #ADOS are not talking about long standing lineage and how that affects your personal drivers for transformative policy. Harris has paraded on websites a persistent desire to list herself as the first African American to achieve so many milestones, and this projects a false progress that #AmericanDOS across this country are locked out from achieving. America owes a repairing to #AmericanDOS, and as MLK said were coming to get out check.”
Moore & Carnell creators of the #ADOS movement that is catching fire were recently interviewed by the Philly Inquirer in the piece “It’s not whether Kamala Harris is ‘black enough,’ critics say, but whether her policies will support native black Americans”, echoing similar sentiments.