Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday argued that black lives have "never been treated as fully human" in America.
The California lawmaker and vice-presidential nominee made her remark during a speech in which she postulated that the police shooting of Jacob Blake and the death of George Floyd had exposed the systemic racism plaguing the country.
"Justice. Let's talk about that because the reality is that the life of a black person in America has never been treated as fully human. And we have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law," Harris said. "We will only achieve that when we finally come together to pass meaningful police reform and broader criminal justice reform and acknowledge, yes, acknowledge, and address systemic racism."
Harris went on to say she supported those who have "taken to the streets" to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
"We must always defend peaceful protest and peaceful protestors. We should not confuse them with those looting and committing acts of violence, including the shooter who was arrested for murder. And make no mistake, we will not let these vigilantes and extremists derail the path to justice," Harris said.