At the Democratic National Convention, during her vice-presidential acceptance speech, Kamala Harris, 55, touched upon the importance of families. A special shout-out to her “chithis”, a Tamil word which means “aunts”, is now winning her a lot of love from desi Twitter. She has earlier spoken about her Indian roots.
In her acceptance speech, she gave a special mention to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who was born in Chennai and immigrated to the US for doctoral program at the age of 19.
She said, “She raised us to be proud, strong Black woman. She raised us to know and to be proud of our Indian heritage.”
Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, a decision that made her the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be selected as the Vice Presidential nominee of a major party in the US.
Harris mother was from India and father was from Jamaica, made history on Wednesday when she accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President.
Harris went to talk about her family, which included her husband Doug, their beautiful children, Cole and Ella, nieces, godchildren, uncles, aunts and her chithis. She said, “Family is my uncle, my aunts and my chithis”.
Meena Harris, her niece was among those who joined the tweet-storm.
The use of the Tamil word came as a surprise to Indian-Americans and set desi Twitter abuzz, even as Google searches for “Chithi” spiked.