(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris recently emphasized the undeniable presence of racism in America’s history, contrasting statements made by Republican presidential hopefuls Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. In an interview with ABC News, Harris acknowledged the nation’s historical struggles with racism, underscoring her belief that while it’s a part of America’s past and still evident today, it should not be allowed to shape the country’s future.
Harris expressed concern over individuals who choose to disregard or downplay these historical facts, noting that progress is rooted in acknowledging the truth. This response came following Haley’s comments in a Fox News interview where she asserted that America has never been a racist country, emphasizing the nation’s continuous effort towards improvement, despite not being perfect.
A spokesperson for Haley’s campaign later clarified her stance to The Hill, indicating that while racism has always been present, it does not define America as a racist country. DeSantis shared similar views in his remarks.
As the first Black vice president, Harris often reflects on her personal experiences to address the nation’s racist past, including slavery and segregation. She has criticized Republican attempts to modify history education as efforts to ‘erase America’s past,’ particularly targeting DeSantis for his comments on slavery.
However, Harris has also indicated agreement with Haley and DeSantis regarding the present, stating in 2021 that America is not currently a racist country while taking issue with applying this view retrospectively. She has consistently recognized the lasting effects of historical racism on current American society.
During her 2019 presidential campaign, Harris commented on the systemic racism in the United States. She proudly embraced her identity, stating, “I’m Black, and I’m proud of being Black. I was born Black, I will die Black, and I’m not going to make excuses for anybody because they don’t understand.”
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