Kamala Harris Raises Eyebrows With Tight-Lipped Response About Reparation Payouts
The 2020 presidential hopeful also wooed crowds with her stance on gun control at a CNN town hall Monday night.
Kamala Harris raised eyebrows and wooed crowds with her comments on reparations and gun control at CNN's town hall Monday night.
HuffPost reports Sen. Kamala Harris joined four other Democratic presidential candidates to discuss their views on topics such as voting rights and impeachment.
Harris, who officially announced her bid for the head of state in January, garnered attention for her response to a question regarding reparations.
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The 54-year-old legislator restated her support for the H.R. 40 Bill, which would support increased research on the topic of reparations. Earlier this month, the bill received a notable boost from Sen. Cory Booker, another 2020 presidential candidate, who added a measure to commission a congressional team for the task, as Blavity reported.
When questioned about her stance on the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, she was quick to respond:
“We had centuries of slavery in this country," said Harris to CNN host Don Lemon. "We had decades of Jim Crow. We had legalized discrimination and segregation. And then we had de facto discrimination and segregation. And to believe or suggest that those years of … abuse and violence and crime did not have an impact is to overlook the facts of history.”
However, Harris fell short in relaying her support for the bill in its entirety.
When Lemon asked if the country's first Indian American U.S. Senator supported monetary funds as a means of reparations, she stalled.
“I support that we study them,” she responded. “When you are talking about the years and years and years of trauma that were experienced because of slavery, because of Jim Crow and because of all that we have seen in terms of institutional and legal discrimination and racism, this is very real and it needs to be studied. And we need to look at exactly how the response should be played out.”
Don Lemon: "Senator, yes or no: Do you support financial reparations?"— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 23, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris: "I support that we should study it. We should study it and see... this is very real and it needs to be studied." #HarrisTownhall pic.twitter.com/VitDTfySMX
Kamala Harris supports HR40 to study Reparations. They asked Bernie as well. Not even most progressives support reparative action for #ADOS. Smh. To be fair, Kamala was asked follow up questions on a Black Agenda. Bernie was not. #CNNTownhall— Tim Black ™ (@RealTimBlack) April 23, 2019
Interesting..I think Sen. Kamala Harris had an OK #CNNTownHall with a good answer on guns but really poor responses on reparations & votes for the incarcerated. Unfortunately for her #Warren & #Buttigieg were incredibly strong while Bernie did just enough pic.twitter.com/G90DH9vSzV— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) April 23, 2019
CNN reports she promised to dedicate her first 100 days to creating and constituting practical laws for gun safety and prevention.
"Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress a hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws," Harris expressed. "If they fail to do it, then I will take executive action."
"Part of what happened under the current administration is they took fugitives off the list of prohibited people," she continued. "I put them back on the list, meaning that fugitives from justice should not be able to purchase a handgun or any kind of weapon."
The 2020 hopeful says her plan would include stronger background checks, strict surveillance of gun manufacturers and dealers and plans to revoke gun provisions from any person convicted of domestic abuse.
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