Kamala Harris: Black Lives Matter is 'NOT Going to Stop - Nor Should They'
Democratic vice-presidential nominee speaks about BLM
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has spoken about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Speaking during an interview with TV host Stephen Colbert, Harris discussed the Black Lives Matter movement.
The California Democrat spoke about the perseverance of the protesters.
"They are not going to stop, they are not going to stop, and nor should they."
"Seeing the commonality, the commonality of spirit is something that is so very powerful," she said.
"We have arrived at a point in our country when we should recognize that this isn’t just a moment, it’s a movement."
"How important is it for these protests to continue?" Colbert asked Sen. Harris.
"It’s critically important and I’m going to tell you something,” replied Harris.
"I made a very conscious decision to become a prosecutor.
"I grew up in a community that was not always on the best end of law enforcement in terms of how the laws were applied.
"When I made a decision to become a prosecutor it was a conscious decision to go inside the system and have some leverage there to effectuate change," she continued.
"I say that to say this: The only way we are going to truly achieve change is when there are people in the system who are willing or pushing to do it and when there are those folks who are outside the system who are demanding it.
"I am very clear that some of the success that we have been able to achieve around criminal justice reform would not have happened in recent years if it wasn’t for Black Lives Matter.
"And the intensity and brilliance of that movement, that forced at least that there would be some counterforce to the status quo, which is so reluctant to change if not hostile to change.
"That’s what these movements do," she concluded.
UPDATE: A previous version of this article may have inadvertently used wording that suggested Kamala Harris supported the violent rioting during the unrest in 2020. To clarify her remarks, we have retracted the article and left only the direct quotes from Harris and the video of her interview.