(WB) Kamala Harris, accepting the nomination as vice-presidential candidate for the Democratic Party on Wednesday night, made denunciation of structural racism a cornerstone of her speech before the Democratic National Convention.
Harris, the first women of color on a presidential ticket for a major party, said the coronavirus has exposed inequities facing Black and Brown communities.
“Black, Latino and Indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately,” Harris said. “This is not a coincidence. It is the effect of structural racism, of inequities in education and technology, health care and housing, job security and transportation. The injustice in reproductive and maternal health care. In the excessive use of force by police. And in our broader criminal justice system.”
Harris added the “virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other — and how we treat each other.”
“And let’s be clear — there is no vaccine for racism,” Harris said. “We’ve gotta do the work. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. For all of us. We’ve gotta do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law.”
Harris made her remarks on the third night of the Democratic convention, which also featured remarks from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Watch the remarks here (via Fox Business):