Harris: We Have Yet To Fulfill That Promise Of Equal Justice Under Law

Press Release

Date: June 2, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), in addressing the ongoing protests for equal justice for Black Americans. Harris and the senators also made a point to condemn President Trump's failure to meet the needs of the crisis, including his decision to tear-gas peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. for a photo op yesterday.

Key Excerpts:

America is raw right now. Her wounds are exposed. The reality of it is that the life of a Black person in America historically, and even most recently with Mr. Floyd, has never been treated as fully human.
The people protesting on the street are protesting understanding that we have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under the law. And there is a pain that is present that is being expressed in their constitutional right to march and to shout.
It is time that we say that bad cops are bad for good cops. It is time that we say that one should not be subjected to the indignity of being told to get on your knees and put your hands behind your head, simply because you are walking while Black. And it happens every day in America. There's not a black man I know, be he a relative, a friend, or a coworker, or colleague, who has not been the subject of some form of racial discrimination at the hands of law enforcement, not one I know.
This is happening at a moment in time, where we have a so called commander in chief, who also has the title of President of the United States, who I promise you will never speak the words Black Lives Matter. Well, they do.
It's 30 years after Rodney King, and the chants and the marches and the songs are about the same issue that we were marching for back when my parents did in the 60s and when we did after Rodney King 30 years ago. So, now's the time to act.