During the Democratic presidential debates on June 27, 2019, US Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Got into a heated discussion about the race with 2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Harris confronts Biden with remarks He had established "civilian" labor relations with the segregation legislators, James O. Eastland and Hermand Talmadge. "It was hurtful," said Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, "to hear you speak about the reputation of two US Senators building their reputation and careers on segregation in this country." 19659002] Harris continued to criticize Biden for working with these legislators to "crack down on buses" to desegregate schools. She then went into a personal story about "being a little girl in California who was part of the second grade to integrate her public schools. And she was taken to school every day by bus. And this little girl was me ":
These comments from Harris caught the attention of junk news and conspiracy sites such as Gateway Pundit, which had published a
"Kamala lied," said Gateway Pundit. "Actually, the classrooms were integrated into Berkeley back in 1
These photos documented that black students already had a significant share in the student body of a public Berkeley school in 1963:
However, the yearbook images published by Gateway Pundit came from Berkeley High School, not from the lower classes. And that was an important detail.
Harris was born in 1964, and the Berkeley Public Schools were fully integrated in 1968. This means that Harris was still a primary school child, as the district in the early years of the end was Facto Segregation "through the use of buses for transporting children, according to the latest news. Harris entered the Berkeley public school system in 1969 when she took a bus to Thousand Oaks Elementary School in a wealthy, mostly white neighborhood.
It was misleading that Gateway Pundit offered pictures of Berkeley High School yearbooks in the early 1960s as evidence that Harris allegedly lied about their role in lifting segregation in education because Berkeley High was the only public high school in the country The city was (and is) so necessarily integrated. However, most local primary schools in the district were not integrated at the time.
"[Berkeley High] was the only secondary school that all children in the city went to," District spokesman Charless Burress told the Associated Press. He confirmed that 14 primary schools in the district were not integrated until the beginning of the 1968 school year. So if Harris had entered the public school system in 1969, she would have actually been part of the second class of students in a newly integrated district. Negro students accounted for only 2.5 percent of the students at Thousand Oaks Elementary School, while Caucasian students accounted for 95.1 percent of the students. Due to the district's integration efforts, these figures had risen to 40.2% and 53.4%, respectively, by 1969.