Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” that Republican 2024 presidential hopeful former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) mustn’t deny the historical past of racism in the United States.
Co-host Ana Navarro mentioned, “At a time when the Democratic Party is losing some support among Latinos, among black voters, Nikki Haley, who like you is of southeast asian descent said this week that this country has never been a racist country. So let me ask you directly, do you agree that America has never been a racist country?”
Harris mentioned, “You know, first of all, I feel everybody agrees all of us agree the concern of race in America is just not one thing that needs to be the topic of a sound chew. The historical past of racism in America ought to by no means be the topic of a sound chew or a query that’s meant to elicit a one-sentence reply, however there isn’t a denying that we’ve got in our historical past as a nation racism and that racism has performed a position in the historical past of our nation.
She added, “When I think about it, I think we all would agree that while it is part of our past and we see vestiges of it today. We should also be committed collectively to not letting it define the future of our country, but we cannot get to a place of progress on the issue of race by denying the existence of racism, by denying the history of racism, to suggest that enslaved people benefited from slavery. We will not grow as a country to push that kind of approach and doctrine of misinformation. It is not in our best interest to evolve on the issue of race in America to suggest that the Civil War was prompted by anything other than slavery in America. It is not in the best interest of our progress as a nation to ban books and deny our children the ability to benefit from the knowledge of America’s full history so that we can move toward progress. So it’s unfortunate that there are some who would deny facts or overlook them when, in fact, moving toward progress requires that we speak truth.”
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