Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris said US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr “spend an entire time in a different reality” about racism in the US justice system, saying “we have two systems of justice” for black and white Americans.
The sharp rebuke from the first black woman nominated by a major party comes less than two months after the November elections, in an exclusive interview with CNN anchor Dana Bash on the “State of the Union” program, Sunday, in which Harris believed that Trump was not a “real leader.” About racial justice and was trying to “pretend he was a leader” in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t think most rational people who care about the facts will argue that there are racial disparities and a system that practices racism in terms of how laws are enforced. It’s not helpful for us to deny that. Let’s just engage with it, let’s be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some,” Harris said. Not difficult conversations for leaders, not for real leaders. ”
US Attorney General Bill Barr, America’s chief law enforcement official, dismissed the idea of ”two judicial systems” in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. “I think we should be a little careful about bringing up the idea of racism,” he said. “I don’t think it’s as common as people see it.”
Protests against racial injustice, particularly in law enforcement, swept America as police shootings and murders of black men made headlines this summer, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Daniel Broad in Rochester, New York.
A recent poll by The Washington Post and ABC News showed that nine in 10 black Americans are not confident that police treat white and black Americans equally, but a majority of white Americans say they are confident they are treated as equals.
The Democratic vice presidential candidate in the upcoming US election said: “I am very clear that we in America have to reimagine how we achieve public safety. If we want to create safe societies, one of the smartest ways we can do it is to invest in the health of those societies,” Because healthy societies are safe societies. ”
The White House issued a directive Friday evening to ban racial sensitivity training on “white privilege” in federal agencies, and the US administration described it in a statement as “divisive and anti-American propaganda.”
When pressed about her plea to file charges against a police officer from Kenosha, Wisconsin, black American Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back, Harris insisted she was “very clear” that the charges “should be looked into in a very serious manner.”
After being asked again, she then repeated her initial statement that “based on what I saw, he should be charged,” but “I am not in full possession of the facts and evidence.”