The answers to some questions about her ancestry (sort of) will be answered at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Times’ A1 newsroom. I’m going to be there with my gal-pal Joey Kovar.
First, here’s your real juicy refresher for our knowledge-starved readers:
Harris has told numerous stories of personal and family connections to the Indian community and the region. It was going to be my first (!) interview with her. I was hoping to hear more personal things, things that would flesh out her immigrant experience in a way that Americans generally appreciate.
Not so much. We tried.
All the stories I’ve heard about Harris as a young woman growing up in Oakland are dark and violent stories of drug abuse, not really indicative of her later public service.
We’ll have some thoughts to share today. But until then, we’re awaiting answers about whether her parents were Guyanese, as has been widely suggested, or settled in the U.S. during World War II, when they relocated from England with their families.
“She’s a very humble and straightforward person, but we can’t get ahold of her right now,” Caroline Amilcar, a spokeswoman for the L.A. Times’ parent company, said today.
This is an AP story with a face-lift.