It’s official. Sen. Kamala Harris just announced a few hours ago that she will run for president in 2020. She told “Good Morning America, “I love my country. I love my country. This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”
She also added, being that today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day, “The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals. So today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him.”
While many people are excited about Harris’ ran there has been some questions about her rough history as it relates to criminal justice. As Attorney General of California she was a huge advocate of truancy laws that charged parents a fee for their children being truant and locking the parent up if they could not pay the fee. A Medium.com article from June ripped into Harris, “Kamala Harris’ career was built on both the slave labor of black and brown prisoners and also the pettiness of truancy laws that separated poor and mostly black mothers from their children. Harris was so proud of her history with taking mothers from their children that she used it as her signature campaign agenda while running for AG.”
The article continued, “Out of all the crimes that are being committed in California, Harris thought that charging poor and mostly black mothers of truancy, then separating them from their families, causing many to lose their jobs, and finally locking those up who could not afford the $2000 fine she imposed; was ultimately the crimes of the century.” Harris also has a disturbing wrongful conviction record, which the New York Times just reported on 4 day ago, saying, “In cases of tainted convictions, that means conceding error and overturning them. Rather than fulfilling that obligation, Ms. Harris turned legal technicalities into weapons so she could cement injustices.”
Let’s hope Kamala Harris will answer questions about her criminal justice issue history sooner than later.
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