Wikipedia Changes Kamala Harris’s Biography

CORRECTIONS?  ACCURATE OR NOT?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 5, 2020) — The Post & Email has discovered that at some point in the last six weeks, Wikipedia has altered details about vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s life narrative.

At the virtual Democratic National Convention held last month, Harris formally accepted presidential candidate Joe Biden’s nomination of her as his running mate for the November 3 election.

Instead of “1960,” which was stated as recently as July 23, 2020, Wikipedia now reports that Harris’s mother, who emigrated from India to the United States to pursue higher education, arrived in 1958.

Another detail of Harrison’s childhood encompassing a move to Canada, where she and her younger sister spent their formative years, is changed to say that rather than relocating at the age of seven, Kamala was “twelve” at the time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris#Early_life_and_education (as of September 5, 2020)

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Kamala “attended high school in Montreal” “from Grade 7 to Grade 11.”  However, Wikipedia states she graduated from Westmount in 1981.  The Canadian education system is similar to that of the U.S., with a “K-12” curriculum.

“Harris attended a French-speaking primary school, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges,[30] and then Westmount High School in Westmount, Quebec, graduating in 1981.[31]” Wikipedia reports as of September 5, 2020, citing the CBC article, which does not say Harris graduated from Westmount.

The Wikipedia alterations are traced to a six-week time frame based on the aforementioned July 23, 2020 blog post by CDR Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. (Ret) and replicated at The Post & Email, in which Kerchner correctly sourced his statement that Harris’s mother arrived in the United States in 1960 to Wikipedia.

That section of Harris’s biography now states, “Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California.[12] Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist whose work on the progesterone receptor gene stimulated work in breast cancer research,[13] had arrived in the U.S. from India in 1958 as a 19-year-old graduate student in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley;[14][15] Gopalan received her PhD in 1964.[16] Her father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics, who arrived in the U.S. from British Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study at UC Berkeley, receiving a PhD in economics in 1966.[17][18]

Wikipedia entry on Harris’s “early life” as of September 5, 2020

In its own January 22, 2019 article published the day after Harris announced her 2020 presidential bid, The Post & Email wrote, “As with her Senate website, her new campaign website omits any reference to her education prior to college.  As The Post & Email has reported, Wikipedia states that Harris was born in Oakland, CA on October 20, 1964 and moved with her mother and sister to Canada at the age of seven following her parents’ divorce.  According to the entry, Harris attended and graduated from Westmount High School in Westmount, Montréal, Québec.”

In an August 11, 2020 article, the BBC reported that Harris’s parents “separated when Ms Harris was five.”

Harris’s claim that her mother emigrated in the United States at the age of 20 differs slightly from Wikipedia’s account of the life of Shyamala Gopalan, which states Gopalan was 19 when she arrived.

As to Harris’s move to Canada, Wikipedia cites a 2009 SFGate interview in which Harris stated she grew up “in Berkeley and in Oakland and in Montreal” but did not state her age at the time of her family’s relocation to Montréal.

Interestingly, Harris’s autobiography, “The Truths We Hold:  An American Journey,” released on January 8, 2019 and reportedly a New York Times bestseller, states she “was raised in an Oakland, California community…”

Berkeley and Oakland are bordering cities in central-west California near San Francisco.

The introduction to the book has been updated to reflect Biden’s nomination of Harris as his running mate.

An excerpt describes Harris’s nine-year-old godson’s alleged dismay as the results of the presidential election were announced state by state on the evening of November 8, 2016.  “In the years since,” Harris wrote, “we’ve seen an administration align itself with white supremacists at home and cozy up to dictators abroad; rip babies from their mothers’ arms in grotesque violation of their human rights; give corporations and the wealthy huge tax cuts while ignoring the middle class; derail our fight against climate change; sabotage health care and imperil a woman’s right to control her own body; all while lashing out at seemingly everything and everyone, including the very idea of a free and independent press.”

In a 2009 interview with a South-Asian-interest outlet (now defunct), Harris held up India, the country of her mother’s origin, as “a model” for the United States system of governance.

As of this writing, Wikipedia reports that after her mother’s death, Kamala “carried her ashes to Chennai on the southeastern coast of peninsular India and scattered them in the Indian Ocean waters.[10]

20 Responses to "Wikipedia Changes Kamala Harris’s Biography"

  1. Jack Cockle   Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    A right subject to conditions, like a court order or subpoena.

    Every other major presidental candidate in the contemporary era has voluntarily released their tax returns. Some voters will conclude his refusal to release means he’s hiding something, is unworthy of the office, and therefore not vote for him.

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  2. Jack Cockle   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 1:53 PM

    The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on the merits about the eligibility of a presidential or vice-presidential candidate.

    But some lower courts have, and they said birth in the United States is enough, regardless of the candidate’s parents’ citizenship.

    If anyone has doubts about Harris, now would be the time to challenge her upcoming appearance on 51 ballots.

    Harris’ father’s immigration records are private because he’s alive. Her deceased mother’s records could be obtained with a FOIA request. Have you made one?

    Reply
    1. Sharon Rondeau   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:43 PM

      Not sure who you’re addressing, but there are those who have made those requests.

      Reply
      1. Jack Cockle   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:58 PM

        James Carter seems very interested in Harris’ mother’s immigration records. Hopefully he can connect with one of these requesters. Or he could make his own request.

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        1. James Carter   Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8:39 AM

          Less so than those who have been very interested in President Trump’s tax-returns.

  3. Gary Wilmott   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    It’s my understanding the mother never became an American citizen and she certainly was not in 1964. Perhaps the Obama birth certificate forgers are working on a new project, i.e., phony American citizenship records for a woman who is conveniently dead.

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  4. Bud White   Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    “her immigration records are not available for public viewing.”

    Kamala Harris would not have an US immigration file. Her mother would and it is available through a FOIA request.

    US Supreme Court has ruled that parents cannot renounce a minor child’s citizenship.

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    1. James Carter   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you for the correction. Her mother and father would of course have immigration and naturalization records, none of which are available for public viewing.

      Please cite U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled that a person born in the U.S. to immigrant parents who have not yet become naturalized citizens of the U.S. is eligible to serve as Vice-President.

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  5. James Carter   Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Wikipedia changed Democrat Kamala Harris’s biography just in time for the 2020 election, and her immigration records are not available for public viewing.

    Acton & Dystel changed Democrat Barack Obama’s biography just in time for the 2008 election, and his vital records were, and still are, not available for public viewing.

    Democrat John Kerry lied about his military medals and discharge just in time for the 2004 election, and his complete military records were, and still are, not available for public viewing.

    Coincidence?

    Reply
    1. Jack Cockle   Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 11:16 PM

      Nothing coincidental about privacy laws protecting the privacy of living individuals.

      Reply
      1. James Carter   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 8:43 AM

        During Obama’s 2004 campaign for U.S. Senator from Illinois, privacy laws didn’t protect the privacy of: 1) Blair Hull, poised to win the Democratic primary when Obama’s campaign strategist David Axelrod got a judge to unseal Hull’s court sealed divorce records…the public release of which caused Hull’s campaign to collapse; 2) Jack Ryan, poised to win the general election when Obama’s campaign strategist David Axelrod got a judge to unseal Ryan’s court sealed divorce records…the public release of which caused Ryan to end his campaign.

        Privacy laws?

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        1. Jack Cockle   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM

          Court proceedings, like divorces, are public documents. A judge can sometimes seal them, but the order to seal can later be challenged.

          On the other hand, vital documents for living people are governed by privacy laws that automatically keep them private. But if there’s legal cause to do so, a judge could order them to be produced.

        2. Sharon Rondeau   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:44 PM

          Are judges ever influenced by political considerations?

        3. Jack Cockle   Monday, September 7, 2020 at 3:07 PM

          There are thousands of judges in the United States who collectively make innumerable rulings. Generalizing how judges rule is impossible.

          Determining whether a particular judge in a particular case made a ruling based political considerations would first require examining the particular ruling and the judge’s stated reasons for the ruling.

          With Blair Hull, for example, he released his own sealed divorce records. No judge unsealed them.

      2. Robert Laity   Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:17 AM

        President Trump has the right to privacy of his personal tax records. The left doesn’t appear to care about that however.

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      3. Rob Laity   Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:20 AM

        Trump has the right to keep his tax records private.

        Reply
  6. Stephen J Hiller   Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Facts don’t matter >>> “To the victor goes the spoils”. History is rewritten by whoever lives to tell it.

    Reply
    1. Robert Laity   Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:14 AM

      So in other words History books cannot be trusted?

      Reply
  7. Bud White   Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Her immigration file should be available from a foia request.

    Reply
  8. CDR Kerchner (Ret)   Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 2:12 PM

    Looks like they’re trying to get the mother being in the USA for that 5 years window before Kamala was born. Another Obama pattern in practice. Re-write one’s life narrative to suit one’s current circumstances. “Chameleon” Harris is following the Obama model. But pushing the limits — moving/opening the “Overton Window” [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window ] even further on diluting the original intent and understanding meaning of the eligibility clause of our constitution. True Progressive Movement tactics at its core. Slowly move the window towards socialism as accepted norms. The socialist and fraud perpetrating Democratic Party operatives are at it again. Will she produce the evidence – real or forged for this year of arrival of her mother change. And they get away with all this life narrative manipulation on the fly because the main stream media lets them do it. Regardless she is still not a “natural born Citizen” of the United States since her father was not a U.S. Citizen when she was born. She inherited Jamaican citizenship from her father when Kamala was born. She was born a dual-citizen with divided allegiances at birth. Such a person cannot is not constitutionally eligible to serve as VP or the President and Commander in Chief. See: https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2020/08/14/u-s-senator-kamala-harris-jamaican-citizen-at-birth/

    CDR Kerchner (Ret) — http://www.ProtectOurLiberty.org

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