Steve Sailer writes:
In practice, the current Democratic party line appears to be: The less American America’s African-American politicians, the better.
It might seem curious that there was no reference to Harris being half Asian by ancestry in the Times, especially because California is now more than twice as Asian as it is black. But blacks remain the glamour minority, especially in places like San Francisco from which they are being economically cleansed by high home prices.
There was no mention in the Times article of Harris hoping to become California’s first Asian senator, partly because that would be confusing to the Narrative, partly because California elected an Asian Republican 40 years ago. (…)
During his tenure, Hayakawa was one of three Japanese in the U.S. Senate. Today, in an era that believes that racism was overwhelmingly rife until approximately last week, recollection of Hayakawa has pretty much disappeared down the memory hole.
A major political asset that helped move Harris to the front of speculation about the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020–24—Obama, for example, said of her, “She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general in the country”—is that she inherited her South Asian mother’s long straight hair. Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair points out that most of the hair African-American women buy for weaves comes from Hindu temples that get poor Indian women to shave their heads as religious offerings.
But all else being equal, it remains a huge political advantage in contemporary America to be able to identify as black.