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Kamala Harris & Nikki Haley Debate Role of Racism in U.S. History

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Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of acknowledging the history of racism in the United States, rejecting the idea that America has never been a racist country.

She stressed that denying the existence of racism and its historical impact hinders the progress needed to address racial issues.

Harris also highlighted the importance of acknowledging historical facts and educating future generations about the full history of America to move towards progress.

“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?” Ana Navarro asked.

“You know, first of all, I think everyone agrees we all agree the issue of race in America is not something that should be the subject of a sound bite. The history of racism in America should never be the subject of a sound bite or a question that is meant to elicit a one-sentence answer, but there is no denying that we have in our history as a nation racism and that racism has played a role in the history of our nation,” Harris said.

“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,” she said.

“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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